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More Flood Damaged Areas Repaired And Reopened in Joshua Tree National Park

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avatar More Flood Damaged Areas Repaired And Reopened in Joshua Tree National Park
February 08, 2012 02:05PM
Cottonwood Spring Oasis, closed since it was damaged during last September's flash flooding, has reopened for public use. In addition to Cottonwood Oasis, the park also reopened the road from Cottonwood Visitor Center to Cottonwood Spring, the Cotton Spring parking area, trails to Cottonwood Spring, Lost Palms Oasis, and the Mastodon Mine Loop Trail. Still closed to public use are Cottonwood Campground, the self-guided nature trail from Cottonwood Campground to Cottonwood Spring, and the canyon wash immediately below Cottonwood Spring. On September 13, 2011, a monsoon-like thunderstorm dumped more than three inches of rain on the Cottonwood area, causing extensive damage. The road through the Pinto Basin and Cottonwood Canyon was reopened in late October and the Cottonwood Visitor Center opened on November 3rd. Park crews are presently working in Cottonwood Campground to repair flood damage to picnic tables, grills, and eroded campsites.
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