The Cottonwood Spring hike is an easy, 2.10 mile out and back trail. It follows a deep wash down to a spring and a couple of cottonwood trees, from which the spring got its name. Unfortunately the the trees got wash away this year in a severe flood, and the spring is usually dry. However, the water table is only about a foot below ground level and you can find evidence of local animals that have dug down into the sand to reach water. Along the way you can see a variety of sea bed fossils. Click here for pictures and a description of this hike ... Cottonwood Springs.