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Hidden Valley

Off Park Blvd., 2 mi north of intersection with western end of Barker Dam Rd., Joshua Tree National Park, CA
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Santa Monica, California, United States
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55 reviews 55 reviews
24 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

On a beautiful April weekend, we went to Joshua Tree National Park, it was the weekend of Coachella Music Festival. Oddly, we didn't hit any traffic from Santa Monica. I took a lucky guess to enter the Park at the West Entrance. This entrance takes you to Hidden Valley...and to multiple other locations in the park including Barker Dam, Skull... More

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Cartagena, Colombia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

Hidden Valley is a great warm-up hike to orient you to the Joshua Tree area. It is popular and can be crowded.

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46 reviews 46 reviews
34 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

We came from San Diego and the drive was about 3 hours, so this was a day trip. One caution, if you use Google maps on your phone from San Diego, it will bypass the visitors center... Big mistake... We did not learn about the cave paintings until we left - bummer to miss them. The only thing to do... More

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Dallas, Texas
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78 reviews 78 reviews
31 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

I allowed about four hours to visit Joshua Tree! Should have allowed at least a full day if not two! This is one of the most diverse landscapes I've ever seen (with the exception of Big Bend in Texas!). I was there for sunset but not sunrise - which means I will visit again! Be prepared to hike, sit, meditate,... More

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sussex
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67 reviews 67 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

We came in from Joshua Tree, a very easy drive. The colours and rock formations in the valley will live with us forever, a sort of small scale Bryce Canyon. There were others on the marked trail but it was easy to slip away from time to time and soak in the solitude. It deserves not to be rushed. A... More

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Huntington Beach, California
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172 reviews 172 reviews
78 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

The park is fantastic. We entered through the West entrance. The Hidden Valley area is not far. There is a well marked trail. There are steps up and down this loop trail. The views of the big rocks are excellent. There are technical rock climbing areas for the experienced climbers. There is no place to purchase food or drinks inside... More

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Bardstown, Kentucky
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014 via mobile

This park is one of the most unique places I have ever been. There is an incredible wide range of diverse landscape. My husband and I packed a lunch and made a complete day of exploring the park. We entered on the Joshua Tree, CA city side of the park. You can also enter from I-10. There is a visitors... More

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El Paso, Texas
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129 reviews 129 reviews
128 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

There is an easy trail for hiking. And I also find one of the tallest Joshwa tree in the park when I visited there.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014 via mobile

It's such a short hike - only a mile on a well defined trail. The trail winds through large boulder formations which are heaven if you are into rock climbing. It was great to get into some completely terrain other than the wide, flat expanse of the Mojave Desert.

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Calgary, Canada
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256 reviews 256 reviews
147 attraction reviews
138 helpful votes 138 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014 via mobile

Read the signs along this well maintained, well marked trail to understand more about the interesting plant life in the desert. It is a loop that can easily be done in an hour or less depending on how many photo stops you make ;) very cool rock formations, some popular climbing routes.

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