Joshua Tree National Park Sights

Cottonwood Spring

  • Native American Site

Published 01/27/2016

Fodor's Review

Home to the native Cahuilla people for centuries, this spring provided water for travelers and early prospectors. The area, which supports a large stand of fan palms, is one of the best stops for bird-watching, as migrating birds (and bighorn sheep) rely on the water as well. A number of gold mines were located here, and the area still has some remains, including an arrastra (a gold ore–grinding tool) and concrete pillars. Flash floods in 2011 and 2013, however, have necessitated that some areas no longer be open to the public.

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Cottonwood Visitor Center, Joshua Tree National Park, California, 92277, USA

Published 01/27/2016


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