Keys View
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A lookout point located a couple of thousand feet above Joshua Tree National Park that provides incredible views of sunrise and sunset.
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Grover R
Pensacola, FL21,729 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Keys View is one of the highest spots in the park on top of the Little San Bernardino Mountain range that overlooks the Coachella Valley and Palm Springs, including the active San Andreas fault. It has great views of both the San Jacinto and San Bernardino Mountains, including the snowcapped pillars of San Jacinto and San Gorgonio, two of most prominent mountains in North America. For all of these reasons, it is a top draw and an amazing view any time of day.

However, at sunset, it is truly magical. We visited shortly after entering the park in the late afternoon. It is a 40 minute ride from the Cholla Garden but we made it in time for an incredible sunset in the clouds. The colors are spectacular and despite massive crowds, there are places you can take pictures that give the impression you are all alone in the park.

Speaking of parking that may be the toughest thing to do here. You can see the view from the parking lot, but a slight uphill walk will lead you to the best views. Still parking at sunset is crowded. We were fortunate to get the last parking place by the restrooms and have our friends double park behind us. Also know that in the spring, it can be cool and windy here. You will notice after short sleeves in the Cholla, we were bundled with gloves here.

This one of those things that can appear to be overhyped before coming that lives up to and exceeds expectations. Be sure to come here on your visit and try to plan for it to be sunset.
Written 5 April 2024
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RobBoston80
Boston, MA1,221 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
If you saw the Coachella Valley from the top of San Jacinto Peak , now your chance to see it from the other side. Plenty of parking, and an easy walk allows you to see this from a safe distance.
Written 10 March 2024
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allifromWI
West Bend, WI310 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
This lookout had nice views with easy access, even for people in wheelchairs or with scooters (and there aren’t many of those in JTNP). It’s really sad how the haze limits your view.
Written 7 January 2024
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rickh57
Woodburn, OR391 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
We were on a vacation to Palm Springs. It was interesting to look down at the city far below us.

We could see from the Salton Sea to San Gorgonio Mountain
Written 12 August 2023
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Ashley
Saint Paul, MN927 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
This stop was worth the drive out of the way to get there. Spectacular sky-high views of nearby cities and Joshua Tree. The walk to the view is paved but steep and very short to get to.
Written 19 March 2023
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CanuckAlberta
Alberta647 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Amazing viewpoint overlooking the Coachella valley. Some parts are under construction right now and access is limited but still worth the drive for this view.
Written 13 October 2022
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hilo88
Honolulu, HI361 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
If you are at Joshua Tree, this is a must stop. While it is a little bit of a detour from the main loop road, it is definitely worth the extra time. You do one short loop trail (more of a walk really as it’s really short and be aware that goes uphill then comes back downhill). The views are gorgeous on both sides. One side overlooks high above Joshua Trees and the other side at mountains and a desert basin.

One tip: bring a light jacket (even in March). It can be quite windy and cold. I have also been here in January and it was COLD.
Written 10 April 2022
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OnTheRoadAgain8180
Gardiner, ME411 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Keys View is the best view in Joshua Tree, with a clear view of the Salton Sea in one direction and Palm Springs in the other, as well as the surrounding mountains (San Jacinto, etc.). It's a relatively short drive in and out, and the parking is pretty good. Based on the heavy parking at Hidden Valley, I'm guessing some folks don't take the time to see Keys View, which is a big mistake in my opinion.
Written 2 April 2022
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joaniemaria
Eldridge, IA4,634 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Family
We stopped and waited to park because it was full. It is a short walk to the scenic overlook. You can see all the way to the Salton Sea, mountains, and Palm Springs from the overlook. It is a beautiful view and worth stopping and doing the shirt hike.
Written 13 March 2022
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FjordFan
Milwaukee161 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Couples
A short walk from the parking area for fantastic panoramic views- better than the views from the top of Ryan Mountain in my opinion. Definitely worth a stop on a clear day.
Written 9 March 2022
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