This highly specialized mammal can only live in the thick bulrush vegetation that grows around natural springs and nearby pools. It breeds mostly in spring and summer and faces imminent extinction if its habitat is degraded.
The trail is a 3.0 mile loop at a mild grade with even, hard-packed gravel. There is a possible, seasonal stream crossing to access the slot canyon trail at the top of the loop.
Know Before You Go
- Weather: The area is hot and arid, with summer high temperatures ranging from 100 to 120 degrees F.
- Make sure to pack plenty of water.
- Wear sun protection even in Winter. There is very little shade.
- Please keep cats and dogs under control and out of the marshes. Any unrestrained dogs and cats can harass critically endangered species!
- Please do not modify the pool banks or streams. Changing the pool shape or creating beaches removes sediment and disturbs vegetation.
- No campfires. Even in a marsh, fire can be devastating and could remove all the dead vegetation nearby which many animals use for shelter.