Barker Dam Trail, Joshua Tree National Park

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  • July 22, 2017
    Short easy loop trail that goes to Barker Dam. Went in the late afternoon. Saw plenty of birds, rabbits, and squirrels. Also saw a few Big Horn Sheep waiting for people to clear out to get a drink of ...  more »
  • July 19, 2017
    This easy walk is ideally done late in the day. There are few people, the Sun begins to set, birds are ubiquitous and the rock is full of beautiful colors. The surprise is total once arrived at the "dam" and his small body of water in the multiple reflections. What a wonderful view! And at the back on the left side of the water body, there is a view of a forest of Joshua trees to contemplate facing the sunset... sublime also!
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  • July 4, 2017
    The walk out to the dam is mostly flat and an easy hike. There was no one around the entire hike, so quiet and felt like the last man on earth. Once you get to it, it does get rocky but not that diffi...  more »

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Where to stay in Joshua Tree National Park

If you want to spend the night in Joshua Tree National Park, grab a tent and head for one of the numerous campgrounds scattered throughout the park. Some campgrounds feature a reservation system while others operate on a first-come, first-served basis. A couple also provide potable water, but most do not. To sleep on a mattress and pillow with a roof over your head, stay in one of the towns surrounding the park. The towns of Joshua Tree and Twentynine Palms offer a number of inns and motels in a tranquil desert setting. West of the park, the options expand into the resort area of Palm Springs. Here you'll find everything from high-end spas and resorts to chain hotels, small inns, and bed and breakfasts. The park is situated about two hours from Los Angeles (if there's no traffic), making a day trip from the city another possibility.
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