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Cottonwood Spring Oasis

The Cottonwood Spring Oasis is a stunningly beautiful, often-overlooked area of Joshua Tree National Park with giant fan palms & more.

Joshua Tree National Park

Cottonwood Spring Oasis Description

The Cottonwood Spring Oasis is a stunningly beautiful, often-overlooked area of Joshua Tree National Park that features fan palms, hiking trails, panoramic  overlooks, and excellent birding. The spring was originally opened up by an earthquake feeds all of the vegetation like fan palms that you’ll find growing here today.

There is a great loop hiking trail (Cottonwood Spring Nature Trail) that is 1.5miles long with very little elevation gain and serves as a great tour of the area. While on the trail, hikers will see the giant fan palms, perhaps some reptiles, and maybe even a native hawk.

Best Time to Visit Cottonwood Springs Oasis

The best time to visit Cottonwood Springs Oasis is around sunset when you can find a high perch to watch the sun go down and the sky light up.

Things to Note

Wear boots if you have them and be careful for cacti, especially the cholla (also known as the jumping cactus) which have a way of snagging feet and legs.








Cottonwood Springs Oasis | Joshua Tree National Park, California

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Will Pattiz

Co-founder of More Than Just Parks. Husband. Conservationist. Currently living in NYC.

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