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Best Photo Spots in Joshua Tree, California

Best Photo Spots in Joshua Tree, California

Joshua Tree truly exceeded all of our expectations. The beauty of this desert is unparalleled and there is an energy in the park that I can’t quite explain. We will definitely be making it back here at some point this year! You can spend an entire day in Joshua Tree National Park hiking, marveling at the sights, camping, and even rock-bouldering. In this blog, I outline the Best Photo Spots in Joshua Tree, California so you plan your trip to the park.

A Joshua Tree

joshua tree national park

Did you really go to Joshua Tree National Park if you didn’t take a picture of a Joshua Tree? It’s a must when visiting the park!

Fun fact: Joshua Trees received their name from Mormon settlers. The tree’s unusual shape reminded them of a bible story in which Joshua reaches his hand up to the sky in prayer.

Skull Rock

skull rock joshua tree

A natural rock formation that resembles a skull. It’s located right off Key’s View Road, you can’t miss it when driving past. There is a slight climb to get to this viewpoint but it’s super easy to get up with a narrow footpath. Furthermore, if you follow the trail to the right of Skull Rock you’ll be rewarded with these crazy rock views!

Arch Rock

arch rock joshua tree national park

Arch Rock is a hidden gem and for whatever reason, reminds me of the Tatooine desert from Star Wars. Does anyone else see it?

Hiking to Arch Rock is super easy. It’s a 3/4 mile hike to reach the Arch and another narrow footpath to access the viewpoint. It will take 15-20 minutes each way to get to Arch Rock. We heard a pack of coyotes and I’m not going to lie, was kind of freaked out but we made it out alive. Even still. it was my favorite part of visiting Joshua Tree National Park.

Cholla Cactus Garden

cholla cactus garden

If you can, visit the Cholla Cactus Garden at sunset. It’s located right off Key’s View Road and there is a small parking lot to park. The colors here will take your breath away. Finally, these cactus are not-so-friendly so make sure not to touch them when taking pictures!

Barker Dam

Joshua Tree Weekend Itinerary - Barker Dam

photo credit: Valise Mag

Hiking the Barker Dam is an easy 1-mile loop hike that leads to a dam that was created back in the 1900s. It’s rare to find water in the desert, so that’s why this is such a popular place to visit in Joshua Tree.

Keys View

Sunset at Keys View in Joshua Tree National Park, California

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Keys View lookout has panoramic views overlooking the Coachella Valley. You can drive right up to this point and there is a .2 mile hike up the ridge for an even better view. We did not have enough time to get here, but it’s a must-see when you’re visiting the park!

Keys Ranch

photo credit: No Heels Just Sneakers

An example of early settlement in the Mojave desert with small buildings showcasing what life was like back in 1910. Admission to Keys Ranch is limited and costs an additional $10. The Keys Ranch tours last 90 minutes.

So there you have it, thanks so much for reading my Best Photo Spots in Joshua Tree, California and you get to visit the park for yourself one day! For more information check out the park page here! For more of my California Guides click here!



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  • Reply Tyra Seguin

    This is amazing! Love all of your photos!

    February 11, 2020 at 8:32 am
    • Reply Courtney Delfino

      Thanks so much

      February 12, 2020 at 5:24 pm
      • Reply Nina

        I would love to visit! Great post and absolutely beautiful pictures 😍

        February 15, 2020 at 4:26 am
        • Reply Courtney Delfino

          Thanks so much Nina! We can’t wait to get back

          February 15, 2020 at 8:03 am
  • Reply Taylor Deer

    I always love seeing your journeys through SoCal! Next time I am there, I definitely need to visit Joshua Tree. Your photos are beautiful!

    February 11, 2020 at 11:10 am
    • Reply Courtney Delfino

      Thanks Taylor! SoCal has so many beautiful places I’m very lucky

      February 12, 2020 at 5:22 pm
  • Reply Daniel & Breanne

    We have never heard of so many of these spots but also we have never been to Joshua Tree. It is on our list and this will be so useful. Beautiful photos and great information!

    February 12, 2020 at 6:09 am
    • Reply Courtney Delfino

      Thanks so much! Hope you get there soon!

      February 12, 2020 at 5:23 pm
  • Reply alliemarietravels

    I would LOVE to visit Joshua tree! Your photos are amazing and this guide is super helpful!

    February 12, 2020 at 8:55 am
  • Reply kariss l ainsworth

    I’ve heard such good things about Joshua Tree, I’d love to check these out. So stunning

    February 15, 2020 at 4:21 am
  • Reply Jessica

    Gorgeous photos! I’m sad I had such a short time at Joshua Tree – I missed most of these spots! Will have to go back.

    February 15, 2020 at 6:02 am
    • Reply Courtney Delfino

      Me too Jessica! We’re especially bummed about missing out on keys view but another excuse to return 🤩

      February 15, 2020 at 8:03 am
  • Reply aarenprody

    Super cool spots! Joshua Tree is on my ever-growing list of National Parks to visit!

    February 15, 2020 at 12:16 pm
    • Reply Courtney Delfino

      It’s an awesome one! So glad to experience it

      February 26, 2020 at 8:07 pm

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