Keys View: Joshua Tree’s Best Vista

This drive up, wheelchair accessible trail, is the perfect way to take in the beauty of the California desert with very little effort. At only about 20 minutes drive from the North West entrance of the park, Keys View is the perfect place to watch a sunrise or sunset in the National Park. The view-point provides a vista over Palm Springs, Salton Sea and on a very clear day you can even see a mountain in Mexico.

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  • .1 mile loop from the parking lot
  • $15 to enter the park

The View

After parking you will proceed up the short steep path to the view point.

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I was lucky enough to be able to see it on a really clear day. Here are some of the things you can see.

Mt San Jacinto

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San Jacinto is the big peak in the middle of the above photo. If you are interested in climbing this peak read about it here.

Mt San Gorgonio

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In the middle of the photo you can see San Gorgonio far away in the distance.

The Salton Sea

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You can see the salt flats of the Salton Sea right in the middle of the above photo. Here is a full guide on the Salton Sea. Also the mountain in the middle is right next to Mexico as well.

Palm Springs

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Palm Springs is right below the view-point.

Coachella Valley

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As you can see there is a lot to like about this spot. It is easily accessible and a great way to see the beautiful of both Joshua Tree National park and the California desert. Be sure to let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

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