Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA

3 Quick Hikes at Joshua Tree

The unexpected thing about Joshua Tree is it's size--it's actually bigger than the entire state of Rhode Island! So driving in and around the park takes up a surprising amount of time. But, a lot of the trails are short and easy--more "nature trails" rather than actual hikes, which allow you to experience a lot of the park's features without requiring a whole lot of time. We only had a few hours before it got dark so we only got to check out three trails, but I feel like we saw a lot--would definitely recommend these if you only have a half day to spend at the park.

Arch Rock

Arch Rock is a short, not even half-mile there-and-back trail that mostly features a bunch of cool, prehistoric-looking rocks. Walking around here totally made me feel like I was on the set of The Flintstones or something. The trail starts at White Tank campground and the main feature is a cool, arch-shaped rock. I wasn't brave enough to climb onto it so here is a picture of my fiancé being a goof.

Cholla Cactus Garden

You can see chollas all over the park, but nowhere so magnificent at the Cholla Cactus Garden. The coolest time to see them is when the sun is lower in the sky, because it kind of illuminates them and gives them a nice glow. The trail isn't too exciting but it's a nice place to take some pictures. In the spring, you do have to worry about bees pollinating.

Wall Street Mill - Wonderland of Rocks Ruins

We actually walked around in circles before finding this place, and barely got there before it got dark. It's right off of the Wall Street Mill trail, so we parked at the Barker Dam lot. The instructions I found online on how to get there said it was only about a-tenth of the way into the trail, which is why I kept thinking we had passed it. But we had started on the trail from the paved parking lot. There's actually a dirt overfill lot that is much closer to the ruins. And if you start on the Wall Street Mill trail from that parking lot, you only have to walk a few minutes before seeing a trail off to the left that leads to the ruins. The trail is quite wide and well-traversed so you can't really miss it. And you can even see the ruins from the main trail. Not really sure what this building used to be (someone told us it was possibly an old dairy house), but the ruins are pretty cool!


  1. This is so beautiful! I can't believe how stunning this place is!
    Love the photos and your cute and chic outfit. It sounds like you guys had so much fun!
    This is definitely on my list of places to visit!

  2. this place is really cool! I never visited it while living in California, love all this photos and will tell my hubby about it maybe we can visit it when we will take a road trip.

  3. I've been wanting to check out Joshua Tree, and this was the perfect post to read!! All of these hiking paths look amazing, especially the cactus garden and the ruins. hope you enjoyed it :)

  4. Although I traveled cross country on my honeymoon ( many , many, many years ago) and explored so many beautiful places, we did not get to Joshua Tree and seeing this makes me want to plan a trip very soon. I know I say this all the time but your adventurous nature is truly inspiring. These pictures are amazing!

  5. This place is magical! I think I've seen similar shots on instagram and am thinking that hmmm this can probably be a great scene for gaming i.e. Final Fantasy etc as it looks deserted. Also, this looks like a great place for OOTDs since there isn't much crowd around to photo bomb *LOL*
    Thanks for sharing with us your experience and glad you enjoyed the trail :)

  6. This is my favorite national park! great pictures

  7. Hey Sweetie:)
    Obsessed with your Nature Photos and Trips:) So Beautiful and I wish I can visit just right now:)
    So Warm and Lovely Photos:) Magical, Really:)
    Can't wait to see your Next trip and Photos;)
    Loved your Long Sweater;) Beautiful:)
    Wish you Happy Monday
    Karina Kisses

  8. Gah - I've always wanted to go! These shots are so amazing and I'll definitely keep these hikes in mind when and if I ever go :) Thanks girl!

  9. Beautiful place! Definitely on my list to visit. Your pictures are amazing and the lighting is so beautiful. The look is amazing love the backpack!! xoxo ❤️ Elif

  10. I had no idea it was that big - I have never been and it looks amazing! And you photos are gorgeous! Joshua Tree is on my bucket list for sure!

  11. Aww, this place is absolutely unbelievable and unreal. Like another planet. I wish I could go there and see everything by myself! It's just breathtaking! Loving this photo set, the quality is just over the moon. I could even imagine the air around. Wonderful.
    Cheers, Eliza |

  12. I absolutely LOVE stuff like this! The old ruins are so cool and I was just thinking the same thing about the Flintstones! How funny! Likely because I just watched one of the movies last week! All of these images are just so stunning! This is only the second time I've heard of this place since I'm not too familiar with everything out that way! On my must visit list for sure!

    Manda |

  13. Wow. I had no idea that Joshua Tree was as large as RI! That's crazy,

    Emma ♥

  14. Such a beautiful place and wonderfull pictures. I wish to visit this place, the awesome field of California. I hope we doesn't find snakes lol I'm scare about them.

  15. These photos look stunning!! I'm not much of a hiker, but these photos makes me think otherwise especially when it is so close to LA. I would be afraid to see snakes though.

    ~ xo Sheree
    Posh Classy Mom

  16. How vivid and crisp the colors of those photos are!!! It seems like such a magical place and so perfect for hiking!! All of those cactuses and stones -- these are so scenic and beautiful! I wish I could visit Rhode Island one day!

  17. Omg Joshua Tree is soo incredible. I went last year for the first time to do an editorial photo shoot with my team and we fell absolutely in love.

  18. so beautiful, I love your style.
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    tien ich cua phu kien o to
    phu kien tien ich xe hoi


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