Indian Cove Nature Trail

Twentynine Palms, California 92277

Indian Cove Nature Trail

Indian Cove Nature Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This short loop hike introduces hikers to plants of the creosote bush scrub plant community that dominates much of the park and affords fine views into Joshua Tree’s greatest concentration of monzogranite domes—the Wonderland of Rocks. The nature trails in Joshua Tree National Park are generally short; most are a mile or less. These trails have interpretive signs to help hikers become familiar with the flora, fauna, and natural features of the diverse landscapes found in the park. This particular trail takes you through an interesting collection of plants typical of the creosote bush scrub plant community, such as creosote bush, Mojave yucca, and pencil cholla. These plants are commonly found on the desert floor and in the foothills of desert ranges in southern California, where annual precipitation rarely exceeds 8 inches."

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Hiking California's Desert Parks (Falcon Guides)
Bill & Polly Cunningham
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"This self-guided nature trail is one of the more difficult such paths to follow due to scarcity of arrows, trail indicators, and informational signs. It begins just west of the parking area, travels across an alluvial fan, and down into a broad wash. A short 0.2 mile later, it exits the wash and returns to the parking area. The information provided ranges from background on Paleo-Indians to desert plant and animal identification to physical geology. There is no thematic common denominator. A short, signed nature trail on the northern edge of the Wonderland of Rocks."
Afoot and Afield: Inland Empire (Wilderness Press)
David & Jennifer Money Harris
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"This short nature trail at the west end of the Indian Cove Campground is a good place to take a stroll and learn about the plant and animal life of this unusual corner of the Mojave Desert. The trail circles through the desert and along a sandy wash. In the creek, it threads past desert willows. Above, look for pencil and silver cholla cacti, Mojave yuccas, desert almonds, creosote and jojoba bushes."

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Trail Information

Twentynine Palms
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
20 to 30 minutes
Best October through mid-May
3,334 feet
Trailhead Elevation
3,380 feet
Top Elevation
Joshua Tree National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Indian Cove
Local Maps