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Barker Dam Trail, Joshua Tree National Park

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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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  • About a 1 mile. Level ground and well marked. Saw bighorn sheep on the rocks above. Not much of a dam, more a swamp. Maybe spending a few hours here at sunset may result in seeing wildlife. Lots of bl...  more »
  • Ok, called in here as recommended by an American while on our road trip. Very well sign posted. Not too busy (last days of May). The walk was very well marked but we still managed to go of track befor...  more »
  • As someone not familiar with desert ecosystems I was amazed at the amount of plant and animal life while on this hike. It was a nice hike for our kids as well as the dam was a focus point for them alo...  more »