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North of Barker Dam parking area, Joshua Tree National Park, CA
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There isn't much parking for this trail, so you might want to plan your visit around this destination if it's a high priority for your visit.

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank too_few_trips_1
Reviewed January 15, 2019

My wife and I were here on our own, and came here. It was slightly disappointing in that the dam wasn't full of water, but otherwise, all was fine. Interesting to see the dam, and where the water level would have been if there had...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank dragon789wv
Reviewed January 13, 2019

Once you're on the trail, there is so much beautiful nature, Rock formations, Joshua Trees to look at. Nice easy hike, so beautiful I took over 500 pics in the couple hours we were there. The dam was built for a homestead below the dam....More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Ledesa B
Reviewed January 12, 2019

It is hard to believe that a dam was built in this area as it is extremely warm during summer time and that there are not much grass for cows to eat. You reach out the dam after 20 min easy walk. the dam itself...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank yveslouisp
Reviewed January 11, 2019 via mobile

Walked around in circles on the trail twice, poorly marked. Small body of water. Didnt see any of the big horned sheep. Trail is mostly sand and its over 1 mile long and part of it is climbing on rocks so i killed my legs

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank courtneyf522
Reviewed January 7, 2019

Great quick hike to take in all of what Joshua Tree has to offer. Climb on the rocks, excellent Joshua Tree Forest and don't miss the Petroglyphs.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Jeffrey J
Reviewed December 19, 2018

Nice easy 1.1 mile hike to and from the historic hand made dam with a couple interesting artifact items to view along the way.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank J D
Reviewed December 12, 2018

Escaped from raining Oregon to come down for a family wedding. The first part of our trip was to Palm Springs only 45+ minutes from the Joshua Tree Entrance to the park, less than a mile in to JT and you can see why this...More

Date of experience: December 2018
2  Thank AdventureswithLinda
Reviewed December 5, 2018

We did this the weekend of Thanksgiving so predictably was quite crowded, especially given that this was an easy, straightforward, out and back hike. We got there around 11-12ish, and understandably parking was kinda a mess, we had to park in the overflow lot. We...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank whoisanu
Reviewed November 23, 2018 via mobile

We decided to make one more walk to the dam. The sign said only a .7 mile walk which felt it was more. We park our car and the ground is made of less sand which made it hard to walk. The trail is hard...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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