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Address: Joshua Tree National Park, CA
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There is more than the Skull

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
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Montreal, Canada

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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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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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KC
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Everyone had fun climbing rocks safely. There is a nice tunnel you pass through and it is pretty easy. The skull rock is a nice place to take photos and climb.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

The Skull Rock and surrounding hills of rocks can be a fun place to explore, but there are even more scenic and beautiful hikes in the surrounding area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

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

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