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Joshua Tree National Park 
Sunday, March 31, 2024
 

Camping Trip: March 31 - April 5, 2024

Join Patricia Evans and Joe Cernac at Joshua Tree National Park for four days of exploration/five nights of camping. We hope wet weather will bring carpets of flowers but in any event expect to see the usual suspects: goldfields, blazing stars, and Phacelias (both bells and the usual perennials and annuals), along with regional perennial specialties like purple bush (Tetracoccus hallii), Menodora spinescens, Krameria sp., and many others. And as a bonus, or if the rain fails us, the interesting geology of the Little San Bernadino Mountains.

We will camp at the Cottonwood Group Campground, which gives us good access to the lower and upper Sonoran Desert as well as the Mojave Desert floristic provinces. Campground creature comforts include picnic tables, sun shades, flat areas for tents, fire pits, toilets and potable water. Group site fees ($200) will be split among attendees, and there may be additional park entrance fees. Weather is expected to be warm days and chilly nights.

Before signing on this trip, commit yourself to attending so no one else loses a spot on the list. Singles should consider if you are willing to carpool (only 11 cars allowed for up to 20 people, no overflow parking).

This trip is for CNPS members only (please ensure your membership is up to date or join). Space is limited. No drop-ins. To reserve your spot and for additional trip information, please contact:

  • Registration: Sarah Wang at (408) 348-5857 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Trip info: Patricia Evans at (650) 949-2801 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Botany info: Joe Cernac at (408) 499-2515 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Location Joshua Tree National Park
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