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Cottonwood Spring

California 92277 USA

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Fri 12a-11:59p
  • Independent
  • Not Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • Public
    Restrooms
  • No Wifi
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“Spectacular Views, Interesting Geology”

A number of hikes begin at Cottonwood Spring. A short, easy walk down Cottonwood Wash leads past a second oasis to a dry falls. In wet years, the falls can become a scene of rushing water and red-spotted toads. Bighorn sheep often come up the wash for water in the early hours. An old teamster road drops down past the falls to the lower wash. A short hike leads through palo verde and desert willow trees to the remains of Moorten’s Mill. The three-mile loop trail to Mastodon Peak offers spectacular views, interesting geology, the Mastodon Mine, and the Winona Mill Site. And, for those looking for a longer hike—eight miles round trip—and the largest stand of fan palms in the park, the Lost Palms Oasis trail is a sure winner. The campground, which has water and rest rooms, is located one-half mile from Cottonwood Spring via a signed trail; there are also shaded picnic tables in the campground.

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Reviewed by
Anna Hider

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May 01, 2015
Rated 4.0

I love the location-- super close to lots of really stunning hikes. Plus, it has running water and a proper bathroom (only 3 of the park's 9 campsites have that) so it gets my vote. Super useful to have a bathroom around, even if you're just starting a hike here.

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Cottonwood Spring

California
92277 USA

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  • Sun - Sat: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

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