Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park
December 5-5, 2020
Geology and Cultural History of Cottonwood Spring
By Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park

Event Overview

Stretch your legs and enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Cottonwood Mountains with Ted Reeves, in this all-day field class. Reeves will discuss the geologic history of Joshua Tree National Park, and the rocks and plants of the Cottonwood Mountains. We will also discuss some human history of the Cottonwood Spring area during the late 1800s. Participants will walk six miles through the rolling hills of the Colorado Desert to see mills, mines, and more. Along the trail, Reeves will share the adaptations of plants and animals to the desert environment. A portion of the walk will follow a prominent freight road built in the 1880s. Attendees will learn what is known about the road’s creation and use. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn how geology is connected to cultural history at Cottonwood Spring!

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About Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park

The Desert Institute offers classes for adult learners in cultural history, natural science, survival skills, desert naturalist studies, women’s programs, citizen science, and creative arts. All programs are taught by expert instructors who provide a personal and enjoyable learning experience on these educational adventures.

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When & Where

  • From:Dec 5, 2020,09:00 AM
  • To:Dec 5, 2020,04:00 PM
  • Location: Joshua Tree National Park

    Cottonwood Exit (168) off of Highway 10, Pinto Basin Rd., 92277, East of Indio, CA.

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