Hidden Gem Attractions in Joshua Tree National Park

By:- Sahil Luthra

The Eagle Cliff Mine

The Eagle Cliff Mine

A seven-mile round trip strenuous hiking spot near Skull Rock with a rugged 500-foot elevation gain near the end sits the Eagle Cliff Mine, a secret place in Joshua Tree.

Cholla Cactus Garden

Cholla Cactus Garden

Do you want a hug from a teddy bear?  Sounds crazy, right? Yes, Cholla has been given the nickname “teddy bear cactus”. But surely, this teddy is not a soft toy!

Lost Horse Mine

Lost Horse Mine

The place is blended with rich history, in the years between 1894 and 1931, it produced 10,000 ounces of gold and 16,000 ounces of silver which made it one of the richest mines at that time.

Squaw Tank Trail

Squaw Tank Trail

The Rock formation in Squaw Tank Trail is very classy to behold. The total area of the tank train is 4 miles. You will spot arrow markers along the trail that will guide you to reach the right spot.

Live Oak Picnic Area

Live Oak Picnic Area

Live Oak picnic area is a hidden gem in Joshua Tree National Park. This idyllic picnic spot is famous for its iconic “Pope’s Hat” formation of the table. Every type of facility is available to arrange a picnic with your friends or families

Cottonwoods Spring

Cottonwoods Spring

Cottonwoods Spring is a 1.5 miles loop sandy and challenging hiking trail featured with views of Morten’s Mill, and natural beauty. You can also hike till Moorten’s Peak or Lost Palms Oasis to witness the incredible rock formations and beautiful nature

Barker Dam

Barker Dam

Barker Dam (AKA Big Horn Dam) featured the most charming scenery with granite boulders, Indian petroglyphs, a reservoir, pictographs painted by Native Americans, and the iconic Joshua trees

Hidden Valley Trail

Hidden Valley Trail

A one-mile trail with extraordinary views of monzogranite, monolithic formations and from the joints the groundwater seeps creating broader cracks and leading to a detached huge boulder.

Keys Ranch

Keys Ranch

Any plans for a rustic historical photoshoot in Joshua Tree National Park? Keys Ranch (AKA Desert Queen Ranch) on the edge of the Mojave Desert is the best hidden gem in Joshua Tree I can suggest.

Desert Wildlife

Despite this place looking lifeless, the place is surrounded by granite monoliths, alluvial fans, arroyos, twisted rocks, and gigantic boulders that fascinate the mind of every hiker and explorer.

Arch Rock

You can go to the spot from the parking area and it is nearly a 1-3 mile round trip hike. The distance is much less from the White Tank campground and it is one of the favorite spots for tourists visiting Joshua Tree National Park.

Skull Rock

Located near Jumbo Rocks Campground it is just a 1.7-mile long trail and an off the beaten track in Joshua tree. You can enjoy fascinating desert flowers, nature trail winds through boulders, and human skulls.

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