Ocotillo Wells OHV Area

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Ocotillo Wells
Photo: Sunset wash in Ocotillo Wells
Off-Road Information
Other Names: Ocotillo Wells SVRA
Terrain: Desert
Off-Road Use: Open
Difficulty: Easy to Difficult
Camping: Yes
County: San Diego County, California and Imperial County, California
Nearest Cities: Salton City, CA
Map Links: Google Map Yahoo Map
Satellite Map: Google Satellite
Special Map: DesertUSA map
GPS Coords: 33.19103 -116.0257
Google Earth: Image:Ocotillo_Wells.kmz
Climate: Desert
Area Size:
Elevation: zero to 400 ft.
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The Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area is located just east of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, off State Highway 78 and near the town of Ocotillo Wells.


It consists of 40,000 acres of open desert suitable for off-roaders and recreational activities. 42,000 acres are still being added. Elevation rises from below sea level to 400 feet.

There are a large variety of trails and the terrain changes from large sand areas like Blow Sand Hill and Devil's Slide to flat desert stretches. The wash-and-ridge terrain has a butte with dunes and a sand bowl, a blow-sand dune, springs and a camp which was a homestead some time back.



This area is great for motorcycles, four-wheel drives, all-terrain vehicles, and dune buggys. Inside the park you have pay showers, picnic tables, shade ramadas, fire rings and a dump station.

Riders of all levels are assured of a great time in Ocotillo Wells. For the beginners you can choose the flat terrain with some fun little hill climbs, a real technical single track. The more advanced riders have advanced hill climbs. The world’s best motorcycle riders frequent this place for the natural jumps.

The park has trained rangers and staff to take care of you. There is more than 70,000 acres of desert area available for recreation and exploration.

The best spot to go at night is the Blow Sand Hill, the most popular spot in Ocotillo Wells. On winter evenings you can see a stream of lights around the hill that seem to buzz.

B-29 Graveyard located south west part of Ocotillo Wells.


Ocotillo Wells is open 365 days a year. There are no fees collected, and plenty of flat desert to set up for any size group of riders and campers.


Conveniences like vehicle repair shops, fuel, telephones, groceries, a motel and restaurants are available in the neighboring small town of Ocotillo Wells and along Hwy. 78 where it borders the park.

Borrego Springs has resorts, motels and hotels catering to different ranges. Campsites with shade ramadas, fire rings, and vault toilets are available, as well as a dump station. For the less adventurous, comfortable accomodations are available at Desert Ironwoods Motel and RV park.


Eastern San Diego County and in Western Imperial County. Access is via Highway 78, about 35 miles east of Julian or about 20 miles west of Highway 86.