This is the highest point in the entire Joshua Tree National Park that you can drive to. It is a 15 minutes drive from the main road, and the view is spectacular on a clear day. Although due to pollution, much of the valley is hidden behind cloud and smog. From Keys View, you should be able to see San Jacinto, Palm Springs, and the Salton Sea. This makes it a popular stop at the end of the day in Joshua Tree National Park. My friends and I came here for the sunset right after we were done with the Skull Rock hike, and we were not disappointed.
Where: Keys View, Joshua Tree National Park
Distance: 0.3 miles loop trail or none
Direction: From the West Entrance Visitor center, just keep on going straight on Park Road for about 30 minutes drive, and you will eventually see a really big sign that says “Keys View Road” make a right turn here and just follow the road to the top of the mountain. This turn is before Ryan Mountain.
Parking Lot GPS Coordinates: 33.92709,-116.187391
Highlights: Highest point in the park accessible by car, great view, and sunset.
Visited: Late November
Level: No effort involved beside a short stairs
Oh man, it was so pretty up here. If you come here for the sunset then you’re up for a real treat. From the viewing point, you can see Mt. San Jacinto, and you’ll see the sunset really well from here.
Just park the lot below, and take a short walk up stairs to the viewing point. If you want to, you can make it a 0.3 mile loop in the area and back to the parking lot. If you use wheel chair, there’s an accessible area about half a mile right before the main parking lot.
It was super duper cold when my friends and I were here. We came in November so the sunsets around 4:30pm. We came and it was so windy. There were several other photographers here to capture the beautiful sunset. It was too bad that it was clouded today so the sky didn’t turn orange like we wanted to. It was a great sunset nonetheless.
I highly recommend this as something to do right before you end your day. You don’t have to hike, and you can drive back home or to a campground right after. It’s truly a wonderful spot, and definitely the best place to take in the view in the whole Joshua Tree park via car. Especially if you’re not going to do any hike, this is a must stop for you!