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Joshua Tree NP - Cottonwood Spring, CA

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Cottonwood Spring CG is located near the south entrance to Joshua Tree NP, about 7 miles north of I-10 east of Indio.

760-367-5500

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Cottonwood Springs is a first-come/first-served CG; we arrived in the early afternoon on a Friday and had several sites from which to choose. Here we are on on site 29-B. Most sites are not too level and we had to do some blocking up of the front wheels.

Date of visit: Mar 2008

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Some of the sites, such as 26-B at left, are back-in, others are just a pull-off beside the road - almost a pull-through. There are no hookups here, but drinking water is available, as is a dump station.

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Sites are fairly open, but are nicely separated for privacy.

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Each site has a large picnic table, fire pit, and plenty of room for pitching a tent.

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The hills and mountains are all around you here.

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Site 2-B is a nice back-in site.

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It's not often that you have a beautiful wildflower garden right outside your door.

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Some great hiking can be found here, with trails going to old springs, mines and mountain peaks.

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That pointed peak in the distance is Mastodon Peak, elevation 3,440 feet. We climbed it while here.

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We were lucky and found all sorts of wildflowers in full bloom - absolutely gorgeous, with every color you can imagine.

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Just below the summit of Mastodon Peak is the old Mastodon Mine, worked until 1971.

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Looking south from Mastodon Peak one can just barely see the Salton Sea, down at 235 feet below sea level.

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At Cottonwood Spring are these gigantic California fan-palms.

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Along the trail we encountered all sorts of wildlife: lizards and iguanas, birds and butterflies, and this desert tortoise.

Amenities

Dump station available

No Verizon service

Rates: $15 (50% off with Golden Age Pass) plus $15 Entrance Fee (Free with GAP) (Entrance fee good for 7 days)

62 sites in two camp loops

Coord: 33.745894 N, 115.812663 W

 

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