Joshua Tree 2015: A Rock Like a Skull!


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.

Skull Rock

Skull Rock

 

Me with Skull Rock

Me with Skull Rock

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.

A dead tree frames the rock formations in Hidden Valley

A dead tree frames the rock formations in Hidden Valley

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.

Me perched on a rock in Hidden Valley

Me perched on a rock in Hidden Valley

 

A raven stands watch at Joshua Tree

A raven stands watch at Joshua Tree

 

The raven takes off from his perch.

The raven takes off from his perch.

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!

A tightrope walker at Hidden Valley

A tightrope walker at Hidden Valley

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!

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5 thoughts on “Joshua Tree 2015: A Rock Like a Skull!

  1. We have such awesome memories of Joshua Tree and climbing Skull Rock. We enjoyed watching the rock climbers but didn’t see any tightrope walkers; what a sight!

    • It was really cool to watch them! They were just off the parking lot of the Hidden Valley Trail. It was a sight – I don’t think I would have the guts to do that, even if I were tethered!

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