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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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One of our favorite areas!

We love this area. The perfect combo of rocks and plants. Went off season and very quiet, actually went twice. Be sure to take the side trail to see "the face", well worth it... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 8, 2015
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Vancouver, Canada
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83 reviews 83 reviews
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

For best photos go later in the day when the rocks take on a beautiful orange hue. Loads of scrambling to be done over these wonderful shapes.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

My kids have been here twice and each time, they have begged to see skull rock. It is very popular with them.

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Mission, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

We saw lots of people stopping at this very obvious skull like rock formation, clamber up to the skull, take a photo and scurry to their vehicles. If you have time, please go past the skull and explore beyond. There are some equally interesting if not more interesting rock formations within a short walk behind the skull. We spent a... More 

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Peoria, Arizona
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

My boyfriend and I walked to Skull Rock from our camping spot in the Jumbo Rocks campground and are glad we did! An amazing natural formation to behold and it made for good pictures. :) Easy to access too!

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Indianapolis
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Located about a two hour drive from L.A., Joshua Tree National Park is a must. Skull Rock is one of many great things you can see from the road. I took the loop recommended by the visitor center. There are plenty of spots where you can get of your car to walk around. A few hours in the desert is... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

We accessed the Skull Rock Trail from the Jumbo Rocks Campground across from the amphitheater. We discovered this by accident and did not see this trail head mentioned in the brochure. The trail is marked with lots of plant identifying plaques while it wanders over to Skull Rock. There are also an abundance of other rock formations that are just... More 

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San Diego
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

We love this area. The perfect combo of rocks and plants. Went off season and very quiet, actually went twice. Be sure to take the side trail to see "the face", well worth it. Lot's of climbers in here also. Fun to watch.short hike with a lot of variety, if you do not have a lot of time in the... More 

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Port Angeles, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Park your car in the campground adjacent to this feature and take the easy 1.5 mile loop trail past Skull Rock. I have to say that while the rock itself was interesting, the trail was much more so for me. The area has something for everyone. The eroded rock shapes are fantastical and otherworldly, and you will see juniper, scrub... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Nice spot to walk around and see a little more of the local flora. The Rock does indeed look like a skull and the only issue was there were a lot of people.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Humans are pretty easily amused --- Yes it looks sort of like a skull. It's just off the main road - so you can park / go take a photo / and be on your way.

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