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Arch Rock Nature Trail

Joshua Tree National Park

Western Sonoran + Colorado Desert, California

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Arch Rock Nature Trail

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  • Boulders balanced under an arch along Arch Rock Nature Trail.- Arch Rock Nature Trail
  • Erosion has weathered the rock into supple shapes.- Arch Rock Nature Trail
  • Arch Rock Nature Trail, Joshua Tree National Park.- Arch Rock Nature Trail
  • The rounded stone of Arch Rock Nature Trail.- Arch Rock Nature Trail
  • The Arch Rock Nature Trail in Joshua Tree National Park.- Arch Rock Nature Trail
  • Yucca in Joshua Tree National Park.- Arch Rock Nature Trail
  • Exploring an arch at night along the Arch Rock Nature Trail in Joshua Tree National Park.- Arch Rock Nature Trail
  • Arch Rock Nature Trail in Joshua Tree National Park.- Arch Rock Nature Trail
  • A clear night sky showcases a gorgeous starscape over Arch Rock Nature Trail in Joshua Tree National Park.- Arch Rock Nature Trail
  • Exploring the eroded boulders at night on Arch Rock Nature Trail in Joshua Tree National Park.- Arch Rock Nature Trail
  • Topping out on a night climb on the Arch Rock Nature Trail in Joshua Tree National Park.- Arch Rock Nature Trail
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Pros: 
Easy, accessible trail. Ample rock scrambling. Off-trail exploring.
Cons: 
Heavy foot traffic during the day.
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Region:
Western Sonoran + Colorado Desert, CA
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
50.00 ft (15.24 m)
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Spring
Total Distance: 
0.30 mi (0.48 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
3,800.00 ft (1,158.24 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Nestled within White Tank Campground lies a fun and short walk to Joshua Tree National Park's natural arch. The arch spans about 30 feet in length and is viewable directly from the trail, but the fun lies in the open space of rocks that you can explore off of the trail. The texture of the rocks is like a gritty sandpaper, which makes walking and climbing on them really easy. These rocks get their shape and texture from weathering that results from moisture being trapped on the rock surface long enough for certain minerals to begin dissolving. Running water and wind then act as agents to wash the sand away. The environment here has been shaping and changing for millions of years. Explore the surroundings at night for an entirely different experience and with no crowds.

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