Mountain bikes and 4-wheel-drive vehicles are allowed in the park on the backcountry roads. In order to protect yourself and the surrounding ecosystem, mechanical travel is restricted to established roads. Tracks on open desert can remain for years and damages the desert ecosystem while tarnishing the experience for subsequent visitors. Off-road vehicles and all-terrain vehicles may not be used in the park.
The dirt roads in Covington Flat provide access to a number of the park’s largest Joshua trees, junipers, and pinyon pines.
From the parking area at the Covington Flat backcountry registration site, head north on the Lower Covington Flat
Road, looking for the first left onto Covington Flats Crossover Road
. Eureka Peak is 3.8 miles (6.2 km), one way.
Continue west at the junction with the California Riding and Hiking Trail
and the Eureka Peak Road
. This road is steep near the end, but the top offers views of Palm Springs, the surrounding mountains, and the Morongo Basin.
Your trip will be 6.5 miles (10.5 km) longer if you hike or drive over to the backcountry board, a starting point for excellent hiking.
Shared By: Zander Göpfert