Joshua Tree National Park in California is home to a unique and diverse ecosystem that is best explored on foot.
Travel the short 1 mile loop and you’ll experience some of the park’s more notable features.
"Jumbled rockpiles of monzogranite protrude from the dry desert valley floor as the trail travels through. Follow the interpretive signs to learn more about the array of plants dotting the unique ecosystem surrounding you." Carissa Stanz
Named after, you guessed it, a natural rock formation that looks like a skull.
"If you’re willing to surpass the hoards merely looking for a quick photo op, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by this scenic hike. Boulders, washes, and open views of the desert landscape await your exploration." Carissa Stanz
Expansive views of nearby peaks in a quieter section of the park.
"Winding through the canyon the trail will turn to a steep climb, meaning you’re almost to the summit. On a clear day you can see Big Bear and Palm Springs off in the distance." Carissa Stanz
A canopy of palms surrounding a small pool of water in the middle of the dry, hot desert.
"Relax under the palms amidst the boulders and gaze out upon the landscape. Barrel cacti surround this area while lizards can be found basking in the sun." Carissa Stanz
Cool looking natural arch with ample opportunities for scrambling and photography.
"If you’re short on time, or it’s just too damn hot out, hit up Arch Rock Trail. Located at the White Tank Campground, Arch Rock Trail is short on distance but not on splendor." Carissa Stanz