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Skull Rock

Joshua Tree National Park, California 92277 USA

Free to Visit
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
    not Accepted
  • Not Wheelchair
  • No Public
  • No Wifi
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“it all began with rain drops!”

It began long ago when rain drops accumulated in tiny depressions and started to erode the granite. As more rock eroded, more water accumulated, leading to more erosion until, as time passed, two hollowed-out eye sockets formed and the rock began to resemble a skull. Located along the main east-west park road, Skull Rock is a favorite stop for park visitors. A parking spot is located just across the road from the rock.

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  • 20 Reviews
  • 15 Helpful
July 09, 2015
Rated 5.0

This "rocks"! \m/

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May 01, 2015
Rated 5.0

YOU GUYS. You can CLIMB it. Of course, it's one of many strange-shaped rocks that you can climb here, but come on. It's shaped like a skull. It looks like something out of The Goonies.

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October 09, 2014
Rated 4.0

Beautiful, serene, so different from the usual. Hot as hell during summers, but amazing in spring or fall. So much "nothing" out there, yet so much peace. Well worth the journey.

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August 07, 2013

SOOOOO soo sooo rad!

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  • 4 Reviews
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April 20, 2019
Rated 5.0

This is the easiest site to see, and ultimately the most fun with children. Parking is really easy, and you can see skull rock from the road... But it is best to climb the rocks, see what is on the other side.

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  • 7 Helpful
February 08, 2018

This place is just before Jumbo Rocks Campground. There’s parking on the road and a trail nearby. This is one of the cool places to do some mild rock climbing. This is also a congested area so be prepared to wait your turn to take a picture.

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Skull Rock

Joshua Tree National Park
92277 USA
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  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Credit Cards Accepted
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