Arch Rock Nature Trail

Joshua Tree, California 92252

Arch Rock Nature Trail

Arch Rock Nature Trail Professional Guide

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"Arches and natural bridges are formed when more rapid erosion takes place on the lower parts on a rock. These formations are common in sandstone but rare in granite. Arch Rock is one of these unusual granite arches. A short nature trail explains the arch and many of the park’s other prominent geological features. Arch Rock is located halfway along the loop trail."

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Hiking California's Desert Parks (Falcon Guides)
Bill & Polly Cunningham
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"The focus of this nature trail is on the unique geology of the fascinating rock formations that abound in this area of the park. Informational signs present a sophisticated series of geology lessons, far beyond the simplistic rock identification that usually occurs on such a trail. The trail itself is an adventure in geology as it winds through imaginative boulders to the famed Arch Rock. A side trip from this rock through the slot to the northeast leads to the site of an old cattle tank, which is no longer holding water but has created a habitat for birds and other desert creatures. The geology lesson covers the formation of igneous rock, the origins of White Tank granite, erosion, selective erosion, dikes, and faults. The remainder of your visit in the park will be greatly enhanced by this knowledge. A short nature walk featuring geologic formations and a side trip to an old cattlemen's tank that provides a patch of greenery for wildlife." Read more

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Very easy and rather fun. Arch rock is nice. We saw squirrels running on the builders, and some lizards. Hard to find trail head on the campground: you should go to the end of the left arm of the road on campground.
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easy, informative trail. The arch rock is very cool, good photo ops.

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Trail Information

Joshua Tree
Nearby City
50 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
15 minutes
Joshua Tree National Park
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Dec 2018