Help keep our trails and parks open during COVID-19 by committing to social distancing. Some trails or park services may be closed this weekend so check with local authorities before heading out.
Learn more

Cap Rock and Gram Parsons Nature Trail is a 0.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Twentynine Palms, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November.

Length 0.7 mi Elevation gain 39 ft Route type Loop
Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Rock climbing Walking Bird watching Running Views Wild flowers Wildlife Fee No dogs
Description
Waypoints (0)

Joshua Tree National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $30 per vehicle or $25 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot or bike the fee is $15 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $55. A nice little trail around Cap Rock with access to lots of rocks for scrambling and exploring.

Weather
UV Index
Daylight
Reviews (101)
Photos (97)
Recordings (85)
Completed (255)
View user's profile page
Jess Cooper
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarNovember 18, 2020
HikingGreat!No shade

Not honestly super interesting, but it makes for a nice early morning walk that is much less crowded than other parts of the park.

View user's profile page
Chris Ross
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarNovember 12, 2020
Hiking

Pretty boring, easy hike. You hike around 2 rocks. Area is pretty because of the Joshua trees.

View Chris's Recording
View user's profile page
Edward White
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 19, 2020
HikingGreat!
View user's profile page
Zaid Fadul
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 21, 2020
Hiking
View Zaid's Recording
View user's profile page
Rid Hollands
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarAugust 15, 2020
Walking

Nice little trail around Cap Rock. More of a walk, could do in flip flops no problem. Some shade

View Rid's Recording
View user's profile page
Aaron Angell
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarJuly 19, 2020
Hiking

Super easy and short hike, with access to lots of rock fun for scrambling and exploring.

View user's profile page
Kaylee Vandjelovic
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarJuly 6, 2020
Hiking

Easy and flat nature walk.

View user's profile page
Brock Auxier
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarMay 19, 2020
Hiking

Easy flat trail with large boulders and rocks right off trail. Good for a nice stroll.

View user's profile page
Kate Ramsey
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarFebruary 24, 2020
Hiking

Great short hike

View user's profile page
Jennifer Eneriz
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarFebruary 17, 2020
Hiking

Wonderful rocks to climb and easy for all skill levels but too short for those looking for exercise and landscape views.

View Jennifer's Recording
View user's profile page
Marisa Martinez
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJanuary 30, 2020
Hiking

The second part of the loop doesn’t really exist. Super cool rock formations and bouldering though

View Marisa's Recording
View user's profile page
Don Thomas
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarDecember 29, 2019
HikingSnow

Today was a rare opportunity to visit Joshua Tree after a snow storm. It’s as if a beautiful white blanket from heaven settled over the landscape!

View Don's Recording
View user's profile page
Alan Schiaffino
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarDecember 21, 2019
Hiking

Interesting “gardens” of Joshua Trees and Juniper, and some fun climbing available.

View Alan's Recording
View user's profile page
Mother of Many
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 28, 2019
Hiking

do u think I can take a stroller there its a boudle big wheel stroller

View user's profile page
Emily Rooker
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 11, 2019
Hiking

This would be a good trail to take kids. Extremely well marked trail, and I believe you could roll a wheelchair along this one too if you have differently abled people with you and want to bring them. really cool views of the Joshua trees. Cute little hike.

View user's profile page
Nate Smith
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarOctober 11, 2019
HikingNo shade

This trail is very easy and very beautiful, a great combination. I’d recommend doing it to end a day in the park after a longer hike.

View user's profile page
Don Thomas
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 9, 2019
Hiking

This is a very easy hike and a great opportunity to experience Joshua Tree!

View user's profile page
Tyler Capone
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMarch 27, 2019
Hiking

Very hard to find Cap Rock in the dark, but once the sun came up, we saw it and parked and got out of the car. My group was there to visit the Gram Parsons memorial, which was awesome. There was a guitar neck sticking out of the ground under the giant rock, and many offerings of alcohol and cigarettes and joints. We also found a geocache nearby with poems and letters to Gram, and added our own mementos to it. Sunrise is an amazing time to experience Joshua Tree, and the little diner outside the park was great too.

View user's profile page
Don Thomas
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMarch 20, 2019
Hiking

The Cap Rock Nature Trail loop is a great way for those with limited mobility to experience the amazing wonders of Joshua Tree.

View user's profile page
Leslie Adams
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarDecember 25, 2018
Walking

Quick, easy stroll along a highly manicured path. There are educational plaques along the way which help you appreciate why JTNP is so unique and spectacular. There are picnic tables at the parking lot but we chose one of several benches along the path to sit and eat our lunch, in view of Ryan Mountain. We got to see a couple of jackrabbits as a bonus! This seemed to be a popular area for rock climbers as well, both new and seasoned.

View user's profile page
Autumn Wind
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarMay 5, 2018
Hiking

Actually I didn't find this rock like a cap. Not as interesting as many other rooks in this park. However, it's luck that we saw some people climbing the rock beside the trail. They are great!

View user's profile page
Taunya Kaye
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarFebruary 22, 2018
Hiking

Great little trail with some neat rock formations. Signs throughout with desert plant info.

View user's profile page
Judy Manley
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarJuly 24, 2017
Walking

Nice little signs around to learn

View user's profile page
Caitlyn Cole
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 18, 2017

This hike has a little bit of everything in the park. There are two Joshua trees guarding the trail at one point, which made for a fun photo. Bunnies and lizards crossed our path along the way. The rock cap was neat!

View user's profile page
S T
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJanuary 30, 2017

Nice and short trail. It is great when not a lot of people go on it.

View user's profile page
Dana Egreczky
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarJanuary 21, 2017
Walking

Very short trail ... flat and easy. Great picture opportunities.

View user's profile page
Ricardo Jerez
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarDecember 14, 2016

Easy and nice walk.

View user's profile page
James D Klein
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarNovember 3, 2014
Hiking

Great trail for young and old alike. It is wheelchair accessible, so parents with very young children in strollers can enjoy this scenic, easy walk. It has sign posts, along the way, that point out various desert features the average visitor may not be aware of. It is an excellent trail to see the monzogranite rock formations, for which the park is famous.

View user's profile page
Don Thomas
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMay 19, 2012
Hiking
First to Review

Visit here and you might miss the feature that gives this rock formation its name... Cap Rock. At the beginning of the trail, turn north and you will see it! Then complete the loop where there are several rest benches to relax, and enjoy the wonderful world of Joshua Tree!

Showing results 1 - 29 of 101