Skull Rock Discovery Trail

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Very Easy
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1.1 km
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21 m
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Directions to Trailhead

A leisurely route, the Skull Rock Discovery trail is ideal for those seeking a family-friendly experience. The trail winds its way though some of the most picturesque rock formations within Joshua Tree National Park, and so make sure you bring your camera with you!

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Route Description for Skull Rock Discovery Trail

The Skull Rock Discovery Trail is a heavily trafficked route within Joshua Tree National Park, and so those seeking a more secluded hiking experience may want to skip this route in favor of a less requiented one. We also recommend doing this hike earlier or later in the day to avoid the often intense midday heat.

Having parked your vehicle, locate the trailhead on the northern side of the road. Take the Face Rock Trail as it makes its way northeast towards a junction in the trail. At the junction, take the western route onto Discovery Trail. After a few hundred feet, the Skull Rock Discovery Trail will veer to the south before arriving at a second junction. At the second junction, take the Skull Rock Nature Trail as it heads east, and leads you to the trailhead.

Getting to the Skull Rock Discovery Trail Trailhead

The trailhead for Skull Rock Discover Trail is located on the side of Park Boulevard, just north of Jumbo Rocks Campground.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    Jumbo Rocks Campground

  • When to do

    Year Round

  • Pets allowed


  • Family friendly


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