Skull Rock, Joshua Tree National Park, California
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A feat of erosion, Skull Rock is a large rock formation shaped, well, like a skull. Over time, raindrops accumulated, shaping the rock and eventually forming the two hollowed out eye sockets of Skull Rock. Families can stop quickly at the famed rock for a photo-op or take some time to explore the Skull Rock Trail Loop, a 1.8 mile trail through the scenic Jumbo Rock area. Because of its diverse supply of vegetation, the area surrounding Skull Rock is rich in wildlife. Snakes, chuckwalla, jackrabbits, wood rats, coyote, bobcat and great horned owls often come here to dine. If families are up for the hike, it provides a great opportunity for the kids to spot wildlife. If instead snakes and coyotes sound unappealing, at least make a pit-stop at Skull Rock.
Ratings by kids' ages
- Tots (0-2)
- Little kids (3-5)
- Big kids (6-8)
- Tweens (9-12)
- Teens (13+)
Tips for Families
The trail loop can be entered from many points along Park Blvd. Note that early morning and late afternoon provide the best lighting. Also, be mindful of snakes.
Address: Joshua Tree National Park, California| Map
Hours: Year Round