Thermal Canyon Road

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Thermal Canyon Road is on the southern edge of Joshua Tree National Park and provides pristine desert scenery. This area is protected and largely untouched since Joshua Tree National Park became a protected area in 1936 when it first became the Joshua Tree National Monument. Thermal Canyon Road be...Read More
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Highlights of Thermal Canyon Road

Desert Category IconDesert
Rock Category IconRock
Sand Category IconSand
Scenic Category IconScenic
Wash Category IconWash
Highest Elevation
2939 ft
Shape of Trail
Straight Through
Typically Open
Year Round
Best Direction
N/A
Official Trail Name
Thermal Canyon Road
Nearest Town
Indio
Nearest Services
Indio
Management Agency
U. S. National Park Service
District
Joshua Tree National Park

Overview

Thermal Canyon Road is on the southern edge of Joshua Tree National Park and provides pristine desert scenery. This area is protected and largely untouched since Joshua Tree National Park became a protected area in 1936 when it first became the Joshua Tree National Monument. Thermal Canyon Road begins on the sandy desert floor and rises slowly while meandering 6 miles through rocky canyons and opening to views of the distant Hexie Mountains. Far from anywhere, this road provides solitude, quiet, and no phone service. Nestled in a hot, dry desert caused by the rain shadow of the San Jacinto Mountains to the west, you will be surprised at the abundance of life that has made this particular canyon their home.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

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11 Waypoints
35 Trail Photos
3 Trail Concerns
5 Community Reviews
1 Video
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