Explore the Arch Rock Nature Trail

Arch Rock Nature Trail

The Arch Rock Nature Trail is a 0.5 mile hike in Joshua Tree, nestled inside the White Tank campgrounds. This hike is perfect for all skill levels and ages, and can be extended for those interested in a longer hike.

This is a rock formation very popular with young crowds at Joshua Tree. The views from this hike are spectacular. If you hike this trail at sunset, the gorgeous colors of the ski are reflected onto the rocks. 

There is a plaque along the trail detailing rock formations and facts about the parks geology. 

Photo: Tom Hilton

Pack List

  • Water (3 liter per person recommended)
  • Hiking boots or sturdy walking shoes
  • Snacks
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RT Distance 0.5 Miles
Elevation Gain 16 Feet
Activities Chillin, Camping, Photography, Running, Hiking, Fitness, Rock Climbing
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Easy Parking
Family Friendly


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Overall rating: 

Easy Access, Small Arch, Tons of Fun

The trail to access the arch is very short, the trail can be poorly marked but you will find the arch nestled in between several larger rocks. While not a massive arch, it still provides tons of great photo ops and makes for a really fun adventure in joshua tree. If you plan on shooting night/sunrisephotos, its best to stay in white tank campground, being able to get to the arch from camp in under 5 minutes is great for quick access. Enjoy!

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