Hidden Valley

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Hidden Valley Joshua Tree NP DSCF7868

Hidden Valley Essentials (this page)

Hidden Valley Named Formations

The Land that Time Forgot

Picnic Area Rocks ♦ “Thumb” Rock

Turtle Rock & Boulders

Parking Lot Rocks

My good friend Elliot Koeppel’s Hidden Valley post at Cali49.com:

Hidden Valley Nature Trail


VISITORS FROM AROUND THE WORLD descend upon this favorite Joshua Tree National Park destination. Further, Hidden Valley, which is often referred to as “Real Hidden Valley,” is a universal top draw for rock climbers, with many colorfully named formations—each one distinctive looking and 3D photogenic.


The dried nolina florescence in the Featured Image lies toward the north end of the mile-long loop trail. Or it did lie there in December 2012 when this picture was taken. A few hundred yards beyond can be seen three of the beloved rock climbing formations (beloved by rock climbers): “Hidden Tower” immediately to the left of the stalk, “The Wart” on its right, and “Sports Challenge Rock” the large formation at far right which looks a little like the Leaning Tower of Pisa from this angle.

2D ♦ 3D Anaglyph ♦ 3D Half Side-by-Side

(Click to Enlarge)

(Please feel free to download as many of the 3D Anaglyph or 3D Half Side-by-Side photographs as you wish from Joshua Tree 3D. Share them with your 3D friends. (You may share them also with any 2D friends you have.) Note: 3D H-SBS images should only be saved if you have access to a 3D TV to view them on.)



Tumbling Rainbow

Joshua Tree attracts over two million visitors annually. And of those, most have taken—and no doubt been captivated by—the scenic Hidden Valley loop trail. You can tell by the size of the parking lot. For picnickers, the picnic area adjacent to the parking lot has some nice shade trees—something not all that common in this high-desert environment at an elevation above sea level of close to 4200ft.

I have close to 2,000 3D photographs of Hidden Valley and its surroundings. To pick and choose which ought to go on these pages was a daunting task. I hope that you enjoy them. Complete sets are available in 2D, 3D Anaglyph, 3D Half Side-by-Side (for viewing on a 3D TV)—as well as the original MPO multiviews, if those are of interest. Arrangements can be made upon request.


For ease in organizing this vast array of 3D pictures, I’ve chosen to separate the Galleries on this page into four groups. Most visitors to Hidden Valley follow the route markings in a clockwise direction. You enter and exit at the southern end:

  • South
  • West
  • North
  • East

Gateway Rock & Pitted Rock flank the entrance

  •  Use glasses to view 3D Anaglyphs
  • Click to Enlarge Photos

 South ♦ 3D Anaglyph

West ♦ 3D Anaglyph

North ♦ 3D Anaglyph

East ♦ 3D Anaglyph


South ♦ 3D Half Side-by-Side

(Suitable for 3D TV viewing. Half Side-by-Sides avoid the minor Anaglyph anomalies that can occur. Click images to enlarge. 1080p resolution. Or Windows users, right-click and choose SAVE LINK AS. Larger size & complete JPG sets available on request. Also, I have made slideshows of these in H-SBS MP4 1080p format for 3D TVs.)

 West ♦ 3D Half Side-by-Side

 North ♦ 3D Half Side-by-Side

East ♦ 3D Half Side-by-Side


Thank you for visiting the Hidden Valley Main Gallery page. Be sure to view the other pages associated with this one.

You might also enjoy a 5-minute timelapse stop-n-go video of the Hidden Valley hike, try this one by fellow escapee from hectic city life, Elliot Koeppel. Uploaded September 2015 his Youtube channel HERE.


Posted 2014 Nov 13

Updated 2017 Nov 9

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