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Hidden Valley Nature Trail

 4.6 (27)

Length


1.0 Miles 1.7 Kilometers


112' 34 m

Ascent

-111' -34 m

Descent

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

4,262' 1,299 m

High

4,180' 1,274 m

Low

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An easy loop that provides brief introductions to the fauna and flora of Joshua Tree National Park.

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Dogs No Dogs

Features Birding · Wildflowers

Family Friendly Children love exploring this trail in the hopes of sighting wildlife. Short walk that's accessible to most. Short and easy enough small children can be carried if needed.

Overview

Signs along the nature trail help visitors identify the park’s fauna and flora. The trail is mostly level, crossing through hard-packed sand, but it does venture through some of the valley’s interesting rock formations.

Description

This loop encircles the inside of a natural corral made of immense rock walls and boulders.

Hidden Valley's natural enclosure holds more rain than the surrounding area, creating a unique micro-habitat that brings together a wide range of plants and animals not typically found together in this section of the Park.

In 1936, desert pioneer Bill Keys blasted a notch through these walls to improve access for his cattle herds. Today this serves as Hidden Valley's main access point.

Flora & Fauna

A remarkable variety of amphibians, reptiles and mammals call the area home in addition to desert wildflowers, cacti species, and lichens.

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Oct 13, 2018
Joseph Will
Sep 5, 2018
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Jul 28, 2018
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Jul 11, 2018
Emanuel Caros
Jun 21, 2018
Susana Rinderle
May 25, 2018
Meara HM
May 22, 2018
Anna Lopez
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May 20, 2018
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  4.6 from 27 votes

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