Remember, It's a Desert!

When is the Best Time/Season to Hike?

    • Fall / WInter / Spring
    • Avoid Summer during the day! - but early morning and night time are fine. 
  • TIME OF DAY - Fall / Winter Spring
    • Early in the Morning
      Get up well before the sun rises, watch the desert be illuminated... 
      ...and you just might spot some Coyotes!
    • Sunset/Twilight
      This time lingers for a few hours. It's a great time for taking twilight photos.
    • In the Dark (after 9PM)
      Try it! This is one of the best times to explore.  
      And if the moon is up, you won't need a headlamp.
    • During the Mid Day
      This is only appropriate during the Fall/Winter/Spring months. 
      It's too hot in the summer months.


Top 10 Hikes in
Joshua Tree National Park

Hidden Valley
1 mile loop

This classic hike is located in the 'Center' of the park, so the road signs will direct you there. 

Barker Dam
1.3 mile loop

There is a good chance you will see wildlife on this hike. It's a good hike, especially after a big rain when the dam is full. 

Lost Horse Mine
6.2 mile loop

This popular trail takes you into an old mining area of the park. 

Willow Hole
Wonderland of Rocks

7 miles

This is a classic hike in the park which takes you thru the Wonderland of Rocks area - it's known for its views and wildflowers!

Ryan Mountain
3 miles
1000 elevation change

This is a popular hike which takes you to the top of the central peak in the park. Great for Sunrise or Sunset! 

Arch Rock
White Tank Campgrounds
.5 miles

Arch Rock is in the White Tank Campground. If you feel like exploring further, there are a ton of trails behind Arch Rock that lead up the hill. In the spring, this is one of my favorite Wildflower locations. At night, this is a very popular spot for Astro-Photographers!

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Joshua Tree National Park Maps

There's an App for that!

It's Free. We've listed some of our favorite hikes, but we want you to be able to make those decisions for yourself. AllTrails has a comprehensive crowd-sourced site (and app) which lists all of the hikes in Joshua Tree (with recent reviews) - and did we mention that it's free. 

AllTrails - Joshua Tree Trails 

AllTrails - iPhone/iPad Apps