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“Excellent Camping, Climbing, Hiking and Photography”
Review of Hidden Valley

Hidden Valley
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$149.00*
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Joshua Tree National Park Van Tour
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Reviewed March 29, 2013

This is our most visited place/favorite campground in the Park for several great reasons. There's some world-class climbing rocks, from an easy technical 5.1 to as serious as most any climber can do. Watching climbers here is also fun, especially on Intersection Rock and several within a five min walk of the campground. Taking time-lapse images of climbers using their headlamps after dark is challenging and rewarding for photographers.
There are several fine hikes from here. The most popular is a short (1mile) Hidden Valley loop, a five min. walk from the campground. More flowers and plant varieties here than most places because it is sheltered from winds and naturally catches available water. Good for plant photography. Easy to follow path, with picnic tables outside the tiny valley in the parking area.If you take ONE WALK in the Park, this should be it. Other off-trail hikes are easy to difficult (boulder scrambling) files in most any direction from the campground. Just pay attention to your direction and energy levels.
It is a short drive to Keys Ranch (ranger-led tours), Barker Dam, the Wonderland of Rocks and some other great walks.
CAMPING is basic in about 45 sites, for $10 per night. Spectacular rock surroundings. Most of the sites are separated from others, but some are immediately next to others, great for groups of friends who want to be together. There's a weekend morning Coffee Gathering where campers and other climbers can meet up to plan climbing for the day. The campground can get FULL, especially in the Spring (March and April), but show up in the morning (8-9am often works for us) and you'll likely get a site from someone who is leaving if you hang around a bit.

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Reviewed March 28, 2013

This east coast girl was blown away by the beauty of the desert at Joshua Tree National Park. We didn't have a lot of time to visit so we entered at the West Gate and exited at the East Gate. We were staying in Palm Desert so had considered the South Gate but due to road construction along the main road there, the website was warning of 30 minutes - 1 hour delays. Take the rangers' advice and take in plenty of water and some food, even if you're just driving through. And have a full tank of gas! We made a stop at Hidden Valley, a one mile hike through an area of beautiful rock formations. It's an easy hike and the landscape within these rocks is different from the rest of the park, so do go! We continued the drive up to Keye's View, observing the beautiful Joshua Trees in bloom and watching rock climbers scale the very interesting rocks. Be sure to read the brochure you get from the ranger that explains how these amazing rock formations came to be! The view from Keye's is out over the San Andreas fault and you get a good education on how these mountains were formed. All in all, a fascinating day and a day filled with beauty!

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Reviewed March 18, 2013

A very pleasant relaxing ride through a wide open well paved expanse, or at least the northern portion of the park. Be sure to drive out to the Keys for the view. Don't hesitate to get out of the car and take a well traveled path among the rock formations. The hikes are well defined and require a strollers effort. Existing the southern route is rougher then the northern entrance but saves a ton of miles.

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Reviewed March 17, 2013

Sort of in the center of the park, this is the epicenter of overall activity. Camp sites are very nice, the park is very stunning, and rock climbing is as good as it gets in the park, with overall amazing routes and access. Gets busy.

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Reviewed March 11, 2013

It gave us an insight into the lives of early settlers and the ruses used to ensure survival. It was very exciting and so breathtakingly beautiful. Please do not miss it if you are in the area. You could plan a trip just to see it, very family-friendly. Perhaps going February to May and September to November as it gets very cold in winter. Temperatures were especially cold at night.

1  Thank Louise155032
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