Split Rock Trail | Joshua Tree

Split Rock Trail in Joshua Tree National Park is a 2.0 mile loop. If you'd like to hike the loop, arrive at a low-traffic time such as early morning or in the evening as the parking lot often fills up. We visited on a holiday, and there was a park ranger…

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Bajada Nature Trail | Joshua Tree

The Bajada Nature Trail in Joshua Tree is at the very southeast corner of the national park. It is near the entrance to the park and would be a great stop to get out and stretch your legs before arriving at the Cottonwood Visitor Center. The hike is totally flat and…

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Barker Dam Trail | Joshua Tree

Our favorite hike in Joshua Tree National Park was Barker Dam. This was likely influenced by the fact that it was the first hike we did in the morning and there was almost nobody out on the trail. There was plenty of wildlife, and it was nice and cool just after…

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Cholla Cactus Garden | Joshua Tree

Cholla Cactus Garden in Joshua Tree isn't really a hike, but it is an amazing stop in Joshua Tree National Park. This stop only requires some gentle strolling. The distance is variable according to your mood. We only walked a little over a quarter of a mile loop. The cactus garden…

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Cap Rock Nature Trail | Joshua Tree

Cap Rock in Joshua Tree is a short, flat, easy nature trail that is appropriate for everyone. This trail is not paved, but it is packed dirt, so wheels would be appropriate for this hike. There is limited shade like all of the trails in Joshua Tree, and a few signs…

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Oasis of Mara | Joshua Tree

The Oasis of Mara is a cool little stop just outside of Joshua Tree National Park near the northeast entrance. Though this hike technically lies in the town of Twentynine Palms, it was deeded to the park and used as the Visitor Center. More recently, the Visitor Center was moved into…

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