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Elephant Trees Nature Trail is a 2.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Ocotillo, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 2.1 miles Elevation Gain: 232 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly


nature trips


bird watching


wild flowers


no dogs

3 months ago

2.9 mile hike

4 months ago

Fairly flat and soft sand in lots of places but beautiful wildflower Bloom and lots of varied cacti in Bloom... overall a great way to spend the morning photographing the desert Bloom!

No shade at all. It gets hot even in December. If you’re looking for an “end” to the trail, you won’t find one. Beautiful trees, but there isn’t one specific tree to see.

Fri Apr 27 2018

Flat hike. Heard there was some big horn sheep here but we didn’t see any. Made it with my 3 year old. No shade.

Sat Feb 18 2017

Love that very easy hike, saw only one elephant tree that is very interesting to learn about this tree and how ancient used and still mexican!!

Fri May 24 2019

Fri Mar 29 2019

recorded elephant tree trail

Sat Mar 16 2019