Tour Locations | Joshua Tree National Park Audio Driving Tour
LOCATION 19 | Joshua Tree National Park Audio Driving Tour
Some of the famous rock formations of the park are sculpted by wind, water and millions of years of erosion. They take on familiar appearances and thus are given names to describe their most familiar feature. Coming up ahead is an opportunity to look at the most photographed rock formation in the park, called Skull Rock. You can't really see it from the road, so you'll have to park and walk up to it for a closer look. There will be parking available on the shoulder of the road on the right, but I'll tell you when we get there.
Once parked, walk up to the rock on the right. You will see that it looks very similar to a skull. You might also see that there's a comical resemblance to Homer Simpson.
Softer rocks such as the monzonite granite are slowly eroding, almost like ice slowly melting. The area we're in now is at one of the higher elevations in Joshua Tree, and is more extreme in temperatures and erosive forces. There is also a number of trails to further explore these rocks, if you'd like.
Keep driving. We're almost there.