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Address: Joshua Tree National Park, CA
Phone Number: 7603675525
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A huge boulder that sits in the middle of Utah's challenging whitewater run...

A huge boulder that sits in the middle of Utah's challenging whitewater run called Skull Rapid.

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Just as the name describes

The skull itself was the busiest part of the trail. We enjoyed the hike more than jockeying for a picture at the rock, but we did that too. The trail was very well marked and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Marian E

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87 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The skull itself was the busiest part of the trail. We enjoyed the hike more than jockeying for a picture at the rock, but we did that too. The trail was very well marked and filled with informative signs. As with all of the hiking that we did in the park, I was glad that we were visiting in December!... More 

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Thank Marian E
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Skull Rock sounds just as it is, a rock that resembles a skull! I decided to do the hike in July, it was a cool 115 degrees! Make sure if you take the hike to Skull Rock you dress accordingly and pack a lot of water! Apparently once I got to the rock I realized there was a parking area,... More 

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Thank lpmaksim89
Wellfleet, Massachusetts
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746 reviews
269 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 205 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Skull rock Trail was one of our favorite hikes in Joshua tree national Park. It is only 1.7 miles long and only crowded right at skull rock. The rest of the trail is much less crowded. The trail is generally well marked and there are some information signs that tell you about the plants you are seeing.

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1 Thank RiceWP
Yokohama, Japan
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185 reviews
75 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The rock is strange and fun to explore since you can get up close and climb it if you're nimble enough. I didn't do the trail but had fun just hanging around the rock and arguing whether it looked like a skull or a Stormtrooper.

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Thank American_Cobra
Boston, Massachusetts
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40 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We actually didn't get out of the car because there were so many people crawling over the thing, but we got a glimpse of it. It'd be cool on an early morning when no one is around!

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Thank NellieBly1981
Desert Hot Springs, California
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

Went up to Joshua Tree with my wifey to get away from everything and reconnect and enjoy a piece of quietness, calmness. Enjoyed the weather and can't wait to go back.

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Thank Otrani1127
Wichita, Kansas
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202 reviews
91 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

Skull Rock is right off the road but don’t miss the well-marked hike. We enjoyed reading the markers about the wildlife and Mojave desert. This was our favorite hike in the park.

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1 Thank 8675309bergman
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015 via mobile

So many people were pulling over on the main road to take pictures in front of Skull Rock but it's much nicer if you can rent a site on the back side (even if it's just for the day) then walk the nature trail to get to it. Afterwards we explored surrounding rocks, had a picnic and Bon fire after... More 

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Thank Valerie N
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

we stopped here on our tour round Joshua tree - beautiful rocks, lots of opportunity for scrambling over them and some amazing photo opportunities.

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Thank Hectorshouse09
Calgary, Canada
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22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015 via mobile

Awesome view of Skull Rock little fly steps from the parking lot! Kids can scramble on the rocks nearby! Take lots of pics!

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