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Joshua Tree National Park Driving Tour
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Joshua Tree National Park Driving Tour

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Explore the uncanny landscape of Joshua Tree National Park with a 4.5-hour van tour from Palm Desert, near Palm Springs. Enjoy the comfort of an air-conditioned van or SUV as you navigate soaring granite formations and groves of the park’s famously spiky trees, and capture unforgettable images of terrain that spans the Colorado and Mojave deserts. Trace a gentle trail into the rocks at Hidden Valley and Keys View, watch for the park’s reclusive wildlife, and experience the unique beauty of one America’s most remarkable national parks.
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Colby S wrote a review Oct 15
Irvine, California1,031 contributions44 helpful votes
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This is a beautiful part of the park with much to see! Tons of Joshua trees and scenic rock formations as far as the eye can see along with the old dam and some Native American petroglyphs at the southern end of the loop! The trail is easy to walk though it’s also easy to get lost as well so keep that in mind and try to stay close to signage and other people just in case (though there is some fun in seeing unexplored areas also). Definitely worth a look!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Robby G C wrote a review Apr 2020
Toronto, Canada68,319 contributions1,638 helpful votes
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The Barker Dam Trail brings to two attractions. First the Barker Dam. The water was low when we were here, however, there was water. Some people walked on the Barker Dam. We also found the petroglyphes. It was restored because someone had painted on it. It is now as it was in the past. P.S. People can get lost in this area. This is a must see!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Pinkiu wrote a review Mar 2020
Fort Wayne, Indiana255 contributions81 helpful votes
We really enjoyed this hike. It provided different terrains. While the water at the dam was low, you can't blame the park. It's nature! Besides the obvious natural wonders to ooh and aah at, we were surprised to find the petroglyphs. It's worth seeing.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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NYTravelerBD wrote a review Feb 2020
Larchmont, New York956 contributions264 helpful votes
The Barker Dam is bone dry, which was a huge disappointment to my family and our 6 year old daughter. We chose this hike over the Hidden Valley hike in the hopes of seeing animals drinking from the water, but there was absolutely no water and no animals whatsoever. The petroglyphs were well worth seeing, however, and all of Joshua Tree is beautiful. But check with the visitor center about water levels before embarking on this dam hike.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Allen C wrote a review Jan 2020
America, The Netherlands124 contributions40 helpful votes
It was a nice hike. Beautiful surroundings but, as far as it being a dam, well, there was no water to be found.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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