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Best short hike/points of interest see in a couple hours

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Best short hike/points of interest see in a couple hours

My family of 4 is driving to the Grand Canyon in early June and I am considering breaking it up and staying in Twentynine Palm and hopefully getting a quick tour of Joshua Tree either the late afternoon when we arrive, or the next morning on our way out. From that location where are some good, short hikes of a couple hours and what are some must see points of interest?

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1. Re: Best short hike/points of interest see in a couple hours

Enter the park from the west at the town of Joshua Tree.

The visitor center is near hwy 62 on Park Blvd.

Bring food and water into the park as there are no services once inside.

You could do the short Hidden Valley Loop nature trail, or also nearby is the Barker Dam/Wall Street Mill Trailhead.

Wall Street Mill has old cabins, trucks, windmills and the stamp mill at the end.

There is a short hike to Ryan Ranch, the old adobe ranch house ruins.

If you got a early start before the heat, Ryan Mountain is more challenging, but has nice 360 views of the park.

Continuing on , you could take the short dirt road to the Desert Queen Mine.Or stay on the pavement and see Skull Rock, Jumbo Rocks and maybe do the short walk to the Arch at White Tank.

Retrace your route and stay in Joshua Tree, or exit at the north and stay in 29 Palms.

From 29 Palms to the Grand Canyon, you can cut across Amboy Road to Route 66 and see Roys then take 66 to I-40

Or continue on hwy 62 to Vidal Junction, then hit I-40 from either 95 on the CA side, or cross over Parker Dam and get to I-40 on the AZ side via Lake Havasu and the London Bridge.

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