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Seventeen Palms Oasis is a watering hole for wildlife and early travelers who once relied on jars of water hidden in the palm trees. This custom still continues as people leave water and messages in the prospector’s post office. Follow the road to the Five Palms Oasis and then switch to Tule Wash which leads to the surreal Pumpkin Patch. Located within the Ocotillo Wells Off-Highway Vehicle Area, these unusual globular sandstone concretions look like pumpkins and are created by layers of sand and rock that build up over small objects (like a pearl growing from sand in an oyster).
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