Joshua Tree is one of the most popular National Parks in California and shows no signs of changing. Nearly 3 million visitors a year flock to Joshua Tree every year for camping, hiking, and other outdoor recreational activities.
Barker Dam Nature Trail is one of the most convenient and popular hiking trails at Joshua Tree National Park. This is a highly visited trail so I suggest hiking it early in the morning or later in the afternoon to avoid the crowds.
If you’re looking for something a bit more challenging, the Ryan Mountain Trail is a wonderful day hike that climbs up to the top of a mountain for jaw-dropping panoramic views of Joshua Tree National Park.
Located on the Northern part of Joshua Tree National Park, the Fortynine Palms Oasis Trail is one of the only trails at Joshua Tree that is outside of the park boundaries, further away from all other attractions.
Joshua Tree National Park is full of unique landscapes, rock formations, and natural arches. By far the most interesting rock formation here is the Skull Rock – that just as you might expect earns its name for resembling a skull.
The Cholla Cactus Garden Trail is located in the southern part of Joshua Tree, but it’s well worth the added drive to experience roaming through this beautiful cactus garden in person.