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Pumpkin Patch

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Photo by James Bremner Jr. of DesertUSA


Desert Magazine first published an article about the Pumpkin Patch in 1970, showing a black and white picture of its concretions. After seeing this wonderful photo by David Muench in the January 1981 edition of Desert Magazine it became a major attraction for the area.


Photo by David Muench in the January 1981 edition of Desert Magazine


This unique landscape is the result of wind and water continuously eroding the surface soil and revealing globular sandstone concretions that look much like pumpkins in size and shape.

Such concretions are believed to be formed by the natural cementing of sand particles to a small object such as a piece of shell, a grain of sand or even an insect.

On the nearby ridges, new pumpkin-size concretions continue to grow and be exposed.

Watch a video of Ocotillo Wells and the Pumpkin Patch.

 

Pumpkin Patch

The Pumpkin Patch in March 2008.

 

Punkin Patch

Pumpkin Patch



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