7 Incredible Day Hikes At Joshua Tree National Park 

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.

Our guide covers 7 of the best hikes in Joshua Tree and what you can expect on these trails. Plus we share recommendations on when to visit, where to stay, and other helpful travel tips to make the most of your visit to Joshua Tree National Park!

Barker Dam Nature Trail

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.


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Ryan Mountain Trail

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.


Dashed Trail

49 Palms Oasis

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.


Dashed Trail

Skull Rock Trail

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.


Dashed Trail

Cholla Cactus Garden Trail

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.


Dashed Trail

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Dashed Trail