Eastern Mojave Vegetation Rock Spring, San Bernardino County, California.

Query: G.N.I.S.

See also: Marl Spring.

See also: Watson Wash.

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Major perennial spring in the eastern Mojave, on the Mojave Road, and site of Fort Rock Spring or Camp Rock Spring.

Rare plant locality.

Commonly called "Rock Springs." However, listed by the GNIS as "Rock Spring," in the singular.

To the United States soldiers of Camp Rock Spring — Who guarded the U. S. Mail.
No glory there, nor much chance for military fame, but true patriots and heroes were they to submit to such privations — Yet these are the nurseries of the Army, and from such hard schools we graduated a Grant and Sherman, Sheridan and Thomas.
General James Rusling, USA
Bill Holcomb Chapter
E Clampus Vitus

Elevation: 4846ft.

Articles that refer to this location:


Literature Referring To This Location:

  • Burn Area Emergency Response Team. 2005. Burned Area Emergency Stabilization Plan: Hackberry Complex. Primm, Nevada: National-Interagency Burned Area Emergency Response Team, July 5, 2005.
  • Casebier, Dennis G. 1986. Mojave Road Guide. Tales of the Mojave Road, Number 11. Norco, California: Tales of the Mojave Road Publishing Company, June 1986. {TAS}
  • Hart, Herbert M. 1965. Camp Rock Springs. Old Forts of the Far West. Seattle, WA: Bonanza Books, 1965.
  • National Park Service, Mojave National Preserve. 2009. Environmental Assessment for Mojave National Preserve: Rock House and Rock Spring Visitor Education and Accessibility Improvements. http://www.nps.gov/moja/parkmgmt/upload/ea%20MOJA%20Rock%20House-Rock%20Spring%20project%202009.pdf

Species collected at or near this location.

This list summarizes plants collected or observed at this specific, named location. It does not include plants collected or observed at nearby named or unnamed locations. It may be more instructive to use the Area Lists that contain this location.

  • TAS – The plant was collected by Tom Schweich.
  • Oth – The plant was collected by someone, but not Tom.
  • Obs – The plant was observed, but not collected.


Amaranthus torreyi (A. Gray) Benth. Torrey's Amaranthus (Oth)



Artemisia ludoviciana Nutt. albula (Woot.) D.D. Keck. White Sagebrush (Oth)

Artemisia tridentata Nutt. tridentata. Big Sagebrush (Oth)



Ericameria nauseosa (Pall. ex Pursh) G. I. Nesom & G. I. Baird hololeuca (A.Gray) G.L.Nesom & G.I.Baird. Rubber Rabbitbush (Oth)

Ericameria paniculata (A. Gray) Rydb. Mojave Rabbitbrush (Oth)


Mimulus parishii Greene. Parish's Monkeyflower (Oth)

Mimulus pilosus (Benth.) S. Watson. False Monkeyflower (Oth)

Total number of taxa: 7
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Date and time this article was prepared:8:15:50 AM, 7/13/2024.