Barker Dam Nature Trail

Twentynine Palms, California

Barker Dam Nature Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This hike provides easy access to the Wonderland of Rocks, the only lake in the park, and to a rich array of petroglyphs. The Wonderland of Rocks is a jumbled maze of nearly 8,000 acres of granite interspersed with Joshua trees. Highlights: A nature trail, the only lake in the park, and an archaeological site."

Barker Dam Nature Trail Reviews

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5/2/2010
Nice, short stroll among boulders and to the only standing water reservoir in the park. You can spot lots of lizards, squirrels, and birds, and probably even larger animals if there are not too many tourists. Petrographs are a nice addition. Great views. Agree with the comment about tourists walking off the trail where they shouldn't.
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3/15/2009
This trail is very busy and not very well marked, so you see a lot of tourists walking around where they shouldn't be. That being said, this trail is a must while in Joshua Tree because it has great views and a chance to see a wide variety of flora/fauna due to the presence of the dam. This is one of my favorite short hikes in the park!
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4/22/2007
Short, but very sweet. Spectacular boulders make for excellent scrambling. Don't stay on the trail, but wander off on the boulders and take in the views.
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Trail Information

Twentynine Palms
Nearby City
1.1
Distance
Minimal
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
Day hike
Duration
Best October to May
Season
Joshua Tree National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Indian Cove; Trails Illustrated Joshua Tree National Park Map
Local Maps
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