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Hidden Valley Nature Trail

 18 votes

Length

1.0 Miles 1.7 Kilometers


Elevation

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

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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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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.
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.
Dogs: No Dogs

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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May 22, 2018
Anna Lopez
1mi
May 20, 2018
Stanley Kroschenko
May 13, 2018
Marta J
Gorgeous short loop
Apr 21, 2018
Heather Spruell
Mar 22, 2018
Luke Sandstrom
1mi
Mar 18, 2018
Kate N
Mar 18, 2018
Simon Rzepiela
1mi
Mar 3, 2018
Jason Harrison

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  4.6 from 18 votes

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