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Skull Rock

Joshua Tree National Park, CA
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Geologic Formations
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Ohio
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

It was a very hot day in late July when we visited skull rock. I had read about the 'bee warnings' in the pamphlet, but didn't give it too much thought after stopping at several spots in the park and not encountering any wildlife whatsoever (probably due to the fact it was 110 degrees). You don't have to have too... More

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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

When we were there it was overrun with people, but the other side of the road was empty and also quite scenic, with a little trail and other rocks to climb on, and a view in both directions of the valley. So even if you're stopping for skull rock itself, it's also worth taking a poke around on the quieter... More

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Westfield, Indiana
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113 reviews 113 reviews
48 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 via mobile

Skull rock is near the main road and easily accessible. That said, if you have time, take the 1.7 mile loop trail and enjoy the area. Several good bouldering areas on the loop and it seemed many families just went to the rock and left. The trail was pretty easy and we enjoyed it. We especially liked bouldering away from... More

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New York City, New York
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26 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Definitely a must see spot - the rocks really do create an interesting formation that does look like a skull. Be sure to take a photo in front of the rocks to show your family and friends how big this formation is compared to the height of an average person.

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CA
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144 reviews 144 reviews
37 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

This by far was the best formation that we saw it certainly looks just like a skull. I love the fact you can crawl around and this is a perfect forefront to a moonrise. If you are there at the right time like we were the moon come up right behind here makes for a great photo op. We rushed... More

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Brussels, Région De Bruxelles-Capitale, Belgium
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309 reviews 309 reviews
103 attraction reviews
157 helpful votes 157 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

There is a lot more in joshua tree national park which we thought was much more rewarding than this particular hike. Nevertheless, its a must do!

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Avon, Ohio
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444 attraction reviews
877 helpful votes 877 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Skull Rock is a neat looking rock and certainly worth a quick look but the best parts are actually the 1.7mi (2.75k) nature trail, with a number of interpretive signs at interesting points, that loops on both sides of the park road between here and the Jumbo Rocks campground; and even better are all huge piles of jumbled boulders excellent... More

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Indianapolis, IN
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45 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

It is amazing that within the same park there can be such variation but you will see plants and rock formations quite a bit different than Hidden Valley. If you stay on the path it is not difficult.

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Briarcliff Manor, NY
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119 reviews 119 reviews
25 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

The best part about stopping here after spending a minute or two looking at the rock is the nature walk. It's an easy hike filled with great rock formations well worth your time.

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Santa Monica, California, United States
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63 reviews 63 reviews
28 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Skull Rock is located on Park Boulevard through the West Entrance of Joshua Tree National Park. It is approximately at the end of Park Boulevard as you drive pass Hidden Valley, Barker Dam, and Ryan Mountain...Skull Rock does not disappoint. You drive into a parking area, and you can see it immediately...Skull Park is part of a Rock Formation in... More

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