Spend the day lazily wandering the scenic hills and nature trails of Joshua Tree National Park. Winding paths lead through rocky landscapes, towards incredible mountain peaks and calm desert oases. Wild animals and wild flowers live throughout the area—who knows what you might see? Check out these roundtrip nature trails for an easy and beautiful way to spend an afternoon.
Lost Palm Oasis: (Moderate)
The trail to the lost palm oasis winds in and around huge rolling canyons and over course sandy desert. A spring trip to the Lost Palm Oasis includes budding wildflowers, filling the scenery and bringing it new life. This trail begins at the cottonwood campground where you can stop for a picnic and fill up your water bottles.
49 Palms Oasis Trail: (Moderate-Strenuous)
The 49 palms oasis trail is great for a scenic stroll, but it’s not for the feint of heart: its well-maintained 3 mile footpath winds up a great rocky ridge and then leads down into a serene desert oasis. 49 towering palm trees frame its clear, calm water for an experience you have to see to believe.
Lost Horse Mine: (Moderate-Strenuous)
Take a trip to the Lost Horse Mine, where American history comes alive. This historical landmark produced over 10,000 ounces of gold and 16,000 ounces of silver when it was mined between 1894 and 1931. This nature trail includes a 5,278 foot summit. Stop for a scenic lunch along this path’s scenic ravines and cliffs or continue along as you witness history itself.
Mastodon Peak: (Strenuous)
For the true adventurer, Mastodon Peak offers a more serious nature trail with beautiful scenes in every direction—the Eagle Mountains to the East roll over the horizon and the mirage-like view of the Salton Sea lies to the south. Check out this article from hikespeak.com for more info.
Ryan Mountain (Strenuous)
Hike and climb as you look out over the vast mountains and summits of Joshua Tree Park. Your 360 panoramic view of the park will include clear views of Lost Horse Mine and the Pleasant Valley Summit as you climb the carved stone stairs towards the top of Ryan Mountain.
Looking for a bite to eat and other activities? Click here for things to do and see at Joshua Tree National Park. Check out Joshua Tree’s nature trails page for starting locations and more info on your next outdoor adventure.