Ryan Ranch Trail

#6 in Best Things To Do in Joshua Tree National Park
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Free

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Hiking, Recreation, Sightseeing, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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  • 5.0Value
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  • 3.5Atmosphere

This is a short and sweet 1-mile loop trail located east of the Ryan Campgrounds. The hike takes visitors along an old ranch road to see remains of a historic adobe buildings from the 1800s. Once a large property, comprised of a main house, a bunkhouse and another building, the compound was built by J.D. Ryan, who operated a nearby mine.

Recent visitors described the hike as easy and found the remains of the homestead quite poignant.

Access to the trail is free.

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#1 Rock Climbing

Climbers flock to Joshua Tree from around the world to tackle the literally thousands of routes open to them. There are challenges for all ability levels, with more than 8,000 climbing routes, 2,000 boulder problems and hundreds of natural gaps to choose from. Because Joshua Tree has its own particular set of safety issues, from high temperatures to remote climbing spots, it pays to do your homework first. If you're unfamiliar with the park, you'll want to purchase a climbing guide and hiking map, which are available at park visitor centers and online.

Certified guides can also lead you on climbs and provide a great way to explore in safety. If you do hire a climbing guide, make sure that they are permitted to work in Joshua Tree National Park. Each guide is required to have rock guiding certifications through the Professional Climbing Guides Institute, the American Mountain Guides Association or similar organizations. They are also required to be certified in Wilderness First Aid and CPR and must carry insurance.

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