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Hidden Valley Nature Trail

  4.6 ( 45 ) Favorite


1.0 mile 1.7 kilometer loop


Ascent: 112' 34 m
Descent: -111' -34 m
High: 4,262' 1,299 m
Low: 4,180' 1,274 m


Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)


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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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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.


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.


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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  4.6 from 45 votes


  4.6 from 45 votes
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A sunset settles over the start of the Hidden Valley Nature Trail. Photo credit: NPS/Brad Sutton.
May 25, 2017 near Twentyn…, CA
About 80% done of trail, it starts to climb and has a few stairs soon. Looking S, photo center is Sports Challenge rock. We saw a group climbing it. I liked the hiker/climbers mix at the park.
Jan 28, 2019 near Twentyn…, CA
Very beginning of trail. You'll climb up and over the shadowy low area in the center, via man made steps. This gives you access to the contained valley.
Jan 28, 2019 near Twentyn…, CA
Joshua Tree National Park.
Oct 31, 2016 near Twentyn…, CA
About midpoint on the trail, facing SE back at the enterance. Not too flat, but a happy place to rest stock if needed.
Jan 28, 2019 near Twentyn…, CA
Hidden Valley vegetation
Apr 13, 2018 near Twentyn…, CA


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