Arch Rock – Joshua Tree – California
Arch Rock Joshua Tree was one of the most beautiful places I have been to here in California. I have been to Joshua Tree many times, but haven’t been anywhere quite as beautiful as this. After the short hike to Arch Rock Joshua Tree, you will find yourselves nestled in a small valley of sorts that makes for a perfect spot to sit and enjoy the spectacular view of the night sky. This is a pretty popular spot so expect to not be alone, but don’t worry desert campers are nice and friendly campers.
How to get to Arch Rock Joshua Tree
Before you head straight to Arch Rock Joshua Tree make sure you sort out where you will be staying for the evening unless you plan on staying up all night and watching the stars until the sunrise like I did. If you do plan on camping, the most convenient place to stay would be, White Tank campground as Arch Rock trail begins at this campground. The white tank is the name of the granite rocks that are found all over Joshua Tree.
These campsites work on a first come, first served basis. If White Tank isn’t available you can always try Jumbo Rocks, which is only about a 15-minute drive away from Arch Rock Joshua Tree. Be sure to use the envelopes and pay the $15 for the site, this money goes to the conservation and maintenance of the park itself.
What to expect at Arch Rock Joshua Tree
Believe it or not, this photo doesn’t do this place justice. Arch Rock Joshua tree is located in one of the darkest spots in Joshua Tree National Park, which means it offers the best views of the night sky. It is mind-blowing and really makes you think about how incredibly small we are. It is really a shame that we can’t see these views every night knowing that they are out there. It is humbling to see such beautiful nature and I really think we would all be better people if we got to see such a site every night.
Not only did we stay for the beautiful night sky, but we stuck it out until the sunrise. It was quite a long time, eight hours, but oh so worth it.
Tips and tricks to consider when you visit Arch Rock Joshua Tree
The best time to go to Arch Rock is during a new moon, which means, there is no moon. The full moon would be too much light and while it is good for night hikes, it totally takes away the stars. Here is a website to help you track the best time to go. Note that there will be many photographers out shooting in Joshua Tree National Park, especially during a new moon. Make sure you aren’t shining your headlamps everywhere when you get the Arch Rock because all photographers will be using long exposure and that will ruin their shot. Especially don’t point your light at their lense.. lol
Let your eyes adjust to the dark and you won’t even need your headlamps. Feel free to use them along your hike their and it is encouraged due to scorpions and rattlesnakes out at night. A bite or sting from one of those guys would be far from fun.
When visiting Arch Rock or Joshua Tree in general for that matter make sure you check what the temperatures are going to be like. This is the desert and temperatures can fluctuate quite a bit. The reason we got there at dusk and left at sunrise is because it is just too hot to stay all day during the summer time and conversely it is too cold during the night to go during the winter. This leaves the best times to visit in the Spring or Fall.
After you check out this awesome spot be sure to go check out the Cholla Cactus Garden which is just 12 minutes down the road and is most certainly worth the drive.
Joshua Tree National Park is quite clean and campers, climbers, and hikers alike respect this place and keep it clean for the most part. However, almost anywhere you go these days you can fill up a bag of trash. Do your part in keeping these places beautiful and be sure to pick up what you can.
Look they even have nice bins for all the rubbish, use them 🙂
Once again guys, thank you for the support and for reading my blog, but most of all I am excited for you to get out there and experience the beautiful Arch Rock Joshua Tree. Let me know if you guys have any questions or comments below and remember, you don’t HAVE to, you GET to 🙂