My last day at Joshua Tree National Park was a half day, as I needed to get back to the airport and fly home.
I visited one of the most iconic rock formations – Skull Rock. It really does look like a skull, with eye sockets and a nose and everything. The area around Skull Rock has lots of fun rocks to climb on, and I took an opportunity to climb around with all the other tourists.
Then I went over to Hidden Valley, which has a short one-mile nature walk through the rock formations. Hidden Valley is so named because it was rumored to have been a place where cattle rustlers hid the cattle that they had stolen from nearby ranchers. The location of the valley and its rock formations also made for a slightly cooler environment than other areas of the desert, meaning that it has a different ecosystem. Oak, juniper and grasses grow here among the rocks.
The Hidden Valley Trail gave me one last opportunity to walk among and climb on the rocks. It is a great trail for kids; an easy loop.
Hidden Valley is also an area where people try their hand (or feet!) at tightrope walking. I was able to watch a few people walk across a line stretched between two rocks about 50 feet above the ground. It looked terrifying! It was really neat to watch, although I hope they were tethered with safety lines… It looks like there’s one in the photos; I hope so!
All in all, I really enjoyed my time at Joshua Tree. Even though it wasn’t really warm, the sun was shining and there was no rain! What a fabulous long weekend!