Beaver Dam Wash

Ivins, Utah

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This area was set aside by the federal government in 1966 because of the dense population of Joshua trees (Yucca brevifolia). Joshua trees grow at altitudes of 2000–6000 feet above sea level. They are the largest plants in the yucca family. Unlike most plants, the Joshua tree is pollinated by a moth rather than a bee. The name comes from the early Mormon pioneers who saw the limbs of the tree as a symbol of the biblical figure Joshua, waving them on to the promised land. Local tribes who lived in the area as long as 5000 years ago used Joshua trees to make baskets and footwear.

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"This area was set aside by the federal government in 1966 because of the dense population of Joshua trees (Yucca brevifolia). Joshua trees grow at altitudes of 2000–6000 feet above sea level. They are the largest plants in the yucca family. Unlike most plants, the Joshua tree is pollinated by a moth rather than a bee. The name comes from the early Mormon pioneers who saw the limbs of the tree as a symbol of the biblical figure Joshua, waving them on to the promised land. Local tribes who lived in the area as long as 5000 years ago used Joshua trees to make baskets and footwear."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Ivins
Distance: 0
Elevation Gain: 50 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Half day to 2 days
Season: September through May
Local Contacts: Bureau of Land Management, Beaver Dam Wash National Conservation Area, St. George Field Office
Local Maps: USGS 7.5-minute Motoqua

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