WONDERS OF COTTONWOOD SPRINGS

WONDERS OF COTTONWOOD SPRINGS

The southern side of Joshua Tree National Park offers a dramatic contrast to our Mojave Desert setting. Ranger Pat Pilcher opens our eyes to the gateway to that area…
Years ago, Cottonwood Spring was an important rest stop for travelers. For miles around this was the only dependable water source, and was a welcome sight to those passing through the desert. Though underground fault movement has decreased the water table, this southern portion of Joshua Tree National Park is still a wondrous place to visit. As part of the Colorado Desert, this area provides great opportunities for exploration. Due to rain damage in September, the campground and Cottonwood Spring trails and trailheads remain closed. However, alternative hiking trails will give you a glimpse into the past, as you walk by rock formations, remains of historic structures and sweeping views of valleys. During the spring season, this open expansive area commonly has the best wildflower display of any other area in the Park. For additional information, check the park website at www.nps.gov.

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