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Hidden Valley Nature Trail

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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

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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.

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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Feb 21, 2019
Oliver Mehrfort
Jan 8, 2019
Kevin Wu
Dec 27, 2018
Michelle B
Dec 25, 2018
Florence Doo
1mi
Dec 20, 2018
Renée Hagen
Dec 16, 2018
Musen Zhou
1mi
Dec 15, 2018
Emily Atmore
Dec 10, 2018
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  4.6 from 33 votes

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