Geology and Cultural History of Cottonwood Spring         

Date/Time: Sunday, December 4, 9 am – 4 pm
Meet at: Cottonwood Visitor Center
Fee: $60 members, $70 non member
Instructor: Ted Reeves, Instructor, University of the Pacific
Hike Level: Moderate

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 rocks and minerals of Cottonwood Mountains and tell stories of the people who eked out a living in 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 history of the cowboys, miners, and teamsters who depended on Cottonwood Spring for their livelihood.  The route will follow a portion of 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!

Click to download the course outline:  Geology & Cultural History of Cottonwood Fall 2016 for the class itinerary, meeting time and location.

Please review this pdf package that contains pertinent information about your class, the Joshua Tree National Park, camping reservations and lodging in the area around the park:  enrollment attachments.


If you are a member of JTNPA/PINE you will get a $10 discount off every Desert Institute class. If you are not a member you can become one here.

Please take the time to review our General Class Information and Fitness Levels before registering.

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