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Address: Joshua Tree National Park, CA
Activities: White-water rafting
Description: A huge boulder that sits in the middle of Utah's challenging whitewater...
A huge boulder that sits in the middle of Utah's challenging whitewater run called Skull Rapid.
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Worth a Quick Stop

Better to stop here when it's not too crowded, if you want a photo of the rock without people in the way, be prepared to wait. So many selfies, slow people doing a photoshoot... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 11, 2015
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Los Angeles, California

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Better to stop here when it's not too crowded, if you want a photo of the rock without people in the way, be prepared to wait. So many selfies, slow people doing a photoshoot, families taking forever to take a shot and move on. You can walk right up to the rock, just find the best angle, take a shot... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Yes, it really looks like a skull. I honestly didn't think it would because a lot of times, when park literature tells you a rock formation, tree, body of water or whatnot looks like something, it's a bit of a stretch. Not here. Skull rock looks totally like a human skull. It's right off the main road -- keep an... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Fun spot not too far from the Park's entrance. This spot is more than just a cool looking rock. It's also a good place for some fun/easy scrambling.

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Santee, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We were driving at dusk and didn't realize exactly what it was and had to drive back. It does look like a skull! Fun to see at night and good to explore during the day. Watch out for snakes in the area.

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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 811 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

Everyone stops there to take a picture of this odd rock but not many people take the opportunity to walk the trail on the right and go for an easy climb of the rock formation at the back ! The view at the top is worth it !

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Odense, Denmark
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Well it does look like a skull! You can se it from the road, stop and take a photo and off you go again.

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upstate NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Well this rock was Halloween spooky despite the beautiful sunny day. Lots of opportunity for less risky climbing and family fun.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

This is another convenient roadside attraction that is a simple pull-over off one of the main roads in Joshua Tree. It's marked with signs so easy to find. You'll only need a few minutes to stop and snap pictures.

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Hickory, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

We went by here twice. First time there were probably 50 people climbing over the rocks. We came back the next morning at dawn. I would highly recommend coming early to beat the crowd.

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Mission, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Walked 1/2 mile in from campground to find it right on the road. Showed 2 people where it was as they could not pick it out until it was pointed out to them. A cool rock but there are so many if you let your imagination run

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Address: Joshua Tree National Park, CA
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Joshua Tree National Park

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