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Ocotillo Wells SVRA

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Alt Names

Anza-borrego Desert, Borrego Springs, Pole Line Road

Last Known StatusOpen

Operated by California State Parks, this large open area offers many types of interesting and unique terrain, such as the "gas domes" and the "pumpkin patch". With approximately 80,000 aces and large stretches of BLM land to the south and east, there is plenty to see and vast desert trails that you can ride.

There are no fees, and there are virtually unlimited primitive camping opportunities, however, this is a party place, especially on holiday weekends. This area gets rowdy, especially at night, so be sure to mark and light up your camp well and square it off with vehicles so people don't ride through it.

Recent upgrades have been added which include a couple youth tracks and coin operated showers at the Discovery Center and Holmes Camp. Jeep tours are sometimes offered on Fridays and Saturdays. For more information call (760) 767-5393.

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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Nearest CityBorrego Springs, CA
Address5172 Highway 78, Borrego Springs, CA 92004
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From: San Diego, CA
1) I-8 East to 79 North
2) 79 North to 78 East
3) 78 East to small town of Ocotillo Wells
4) Multiple staging areas on left (north) side of highway.

TYPE OF AREA

AreaTrail, open area mostly, variety of terrain
LandState Recreation

RATINGS

Prosopen area, interesting & unique terrain, warm climate, no fees
Conscrowded on holidays, rowdy at night on holidays, many night riders, dusty, party atmosphere
Our RatingRatingVery Good    
Recommended Stay3-5 Days
hot in summer, recommend fall
Comments(Scroll Down For Visitor Reviews & Comments)

TERRAIN

Square Miles125
Climate TypeDesert
Elevation0 to 500 ft.
Trail MaintenanceNot Marked, Not Rated, Not Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has some sandy areas.Some
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has some dust on typical days.Some
RocksThis trail has little rocks.Little
TreesThe trail has few trees.FewHolmes Camp has tamarisk trees and shade gazebos
Steep HillsThis trail has some steep hills.Some
Water CrossingsThe trail has no water crossings.None
Small JumpsThis trail has many small jumps.Many
Large JumpsThis trail has some large jumps.Some
BermsThe trail has few berms.Few
Sand/Gravel PitsThis state recreation area has some sand or gravel pits.Some
Single TrackThis state recreation area has some single track trails.Some
RoadsThis state recreation area has some roads.Some
IntersectionsThis trail has some intersections.Some
Rider TrafficThe state recreation area has many rider traffic on typical days.Manybusy and rowdy on holidays, especially Thanksgiving
ShadeThis state recreation area has few shaded areas.Fewsome shade ramadas in developed camp areas, very few trees
Ranges/GunfireThis state recreation area has few shooting ranges or gunfire.Few
HazardsThis trail has some hazards.Some(hazards not marked)
Beware of nearby bombing ranges, cliffs.
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has mostly beginner terrain.Mostly
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has some intermediate level terrain.Some
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little

REGULATIONS

Permit RequiredYesCA OHMVR stickers required
Dates OpenDaily Year-RoundCA OHMVR red sticker vehicles permitted from 10/1 to 5/31
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)CA OHMVR noise limits apply (1985/older limit 101 dB, 1986/newer limit 96 dB)
Whip FlagsYes (96 inches)Safety Flags Required
flags mandatory for ATV's but recommended for dirtbikes & autos
Maximum Vehicle Width
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered)Permitted
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Some AreasCA OHMVR stickers required
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
Certain TimesCA OHMVR restrictions apply
Helmets RequiredYeshelmets required by state law
BicyclesNo RestrictionNot Recommended
deep sand
HikingNo RestrictionNot Recommended
hot and dry
HorsebackSome Areas
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingNo Restriction(camp anywhere)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresNo Restriction
Night RidingYes
Cross CountryPermittedareas that are off limits are well marked
AlcoholSome Areaspermitted in campsite
FireworksProhibited
FirearmsProhibited
Emergency / Law EnforcementManyDedicated Rangers/Officers
On-Site Office/Station
Armed OfficersJeep/SUV Patrol
ATV/Saddle Mounted Patrol
heavy law presence on holidays
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that all riders obtain medical insurance and buy motorcycle insurance or ATV insurance before visiting any of the locations depicted on this website.
CommentDrones and unmanned aerial systems are prohibited.

FEES & PASSES

ParkingNo ($0.00)
EntryNo ($0.00)
RidingNo ($0.00)
CampingNo ($0.00)

KEY SERVICES

First Aid First Aid30+ Miles (E)Pioneers Memorial Hospital (760) 351-3333
Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (E)Ocotillo Wells
Diesel Diesel1-5 Miles (E)Ocotillo Wells
Potable Water Water1-5 Miles (W)potable water
Desert Ironwoods Resort (760) 767-5670
RV Hookups RV Hookup1-5 Miles (W)Leapin' Lizard RV Ranch (760) 767-4684
RV Dump Station RV Disposal1-5 Miles (W)Desert Ironwoods Resort (760) 767-5670
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn Site
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (E)Ocotillo Wells
Swimming Swim Area30+ Miles (NE)Salton Sea
Body of Water Water Body30+ Miles (NE)Salton Sea
Boating Launch Boat Ramp30+ Miles (NE)Salton Sea Beach Marina (760) 395-1066

OFFICIAL CONTACTS

Contact InfoOcotillo Wells SVRA
5172 Highway 78
Borrego Springs, CA 92004
(760) 767-5391
ohvinfo.ohv@parks.ca.gov
www.parks.ca.gov

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