Berdoo Canyon

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4.7/5 (48 reviews)
Coachella, California (SanBernardino County)
Last Updated: 12/05/2020
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Berdoo Canyon is home to an old ghost town named Berdoo Camp. Berdoo camp was founded by the water district when California built the Colorado River Aqueduct that still provides water to Southern California. The Camp was built in the early 1930s for the workers and their families to live while the aqueduct was being constructed under the mountain range. The camp was abandoned sometime in 1937 when the project was completed in the area, and the camp was no longer needed. Over the years the camp has been scraped of all the lumber from the roofs of the old concrete buildings. Now all that is left of the old camp are the skeletons of the concrete buildings that once housed the workers and their families. Building the Colorado River Aqueduct was an amazing feat of the time. The workers did not have the type of modern machinery we take for granted in our everyday lives during the construction. Come out and explore the colorful history of the Berdoo Camp as well as Berdoo Canyon. You might even get to see some of the desert wildlife as you head into Joshua Tree, or a ghost or two. Please tread lightly along the trail. I have lived my entire life in this area, and have seen many of these awesome trails closed, due to people making these beautiful desolate trails their personal landfill. Please, if you find trash along the trail, pick it up and help do your part in keeping this trail open for generations to come.

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4.7/5 (48)
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Rated 4/5
Visited: 02/12/2024
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

Did the trail South to North into JT. Fun little trail not technical at all, in my opinion...I never switched to 4x4 and can be done in 2wd, as I did, if you pick the right line
Rated 5/5
Visited: 12/31/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Fun trail and a great way to enter the park. We only saw 3 other vehicles while on the trail. As you finish the Berdoo Trail, you'll run into the Geology Trail which is one way. It runs clockwise, so you have to turn west if coming from the south.
Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/28/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Fun, short trail. Some careful tire placement at the obstacles makes them very doable. Fun way to enter the national park
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/21/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Ran the trail from South to North. Great trail with just enough obstacles to keep it from becoming a busy entry into the park. There were a few other rocky obstacles not in the trail guide here, but nothing any harder than waypoints 7 or 8.
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/24/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Ran it south to north as we entered Joshua Tree. Hot day, trail in fine shape.

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