Desert Hiking and Climbing Trails

Articles on Hiking and Climbing

Below is a list of links to DesertUSA articles and some park trail guides. For more hiking and trail information at a specific park or location, visit Places To Go.

Minimum Impact Hiking - Know Your Limits - Hiking & Climbing Equipment

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More articles and links listed by state

Arizona Places To Go


Hiking & Trail Guide

Shaman’s Cave

Villager Peak Walk - Anza-Borrego

Fish Creek Walk - Anza-Borrego

Ghost Mountain - Anza-Borrego

Elephant Trees Trail - Anza-Borrego

Company Of Strangers

Coyote Canyon

Granite Mountain

Bradshaw Trail BLM Area

Death Valley Area

Joshua Tree National Park

Hiking Trail

Juniper Flats JTNP

Rock Climbing

Hiking To The Lost Horse Mine

Ryan Mountain Josha Tree NP

Sheer Fear: Rock Climbing at Joshua Tree NP

Carey's Castle

Rock Climbing in the desert

Oasis Hunting In Joshua Tree National Park

Colorado Places To Go

Nevada Places To Go

New Mexico Places To Go


Texas Places To Go


Utah Places To Go


Other DesertUSA Resources

Desert Safety Tips
Desert Survival Primer
Beware: Your GPS May Get You in Serious Trouble


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