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Superstition Mountain

Thursday, October 16, 2014
Alt Names Superstition Mountain Open Area
Last Known Status Open
DESCRIPTION

This large open area offers more variety and challenging terrain than nearby Plaster City, and less law enforcement than Ocotillo Wells. Visitors can park, ride and camp anywhere, and there are no services. Holiday weekends are crowded and rowdy, with lots of bonfires, speeding and massive parties. Terrain consists of dry lakes, bad lands, rocky mountains and rolling dunes. Cross-country travel is permitted but beware the bombing ranges to the north and south.

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LOCATION
Nearest City El Centro, CA
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From: San Diego, CA
1) I-8 east through mountains to valley floor toward El Centro
2) Take the Plaster City exit, turn left off the ramp (north) under highway
3) Right on Old Hwy 80 (east)
4) Left on Huff Rd. (north)
5) Left on Wheeler Road (west)
6) Multiple staging areas on both sides of the road.
TYPE OF AREA
Area Trail, Dunes
Land BLM
QUALITY
Pros good variety of desert terrain
open area - camp/park/ride anywhere
Cons crowded on holidays
can be very windy
sometimes rowdy - bonfires, speeding, parties
Rating Rating    Good    
Recommended Stay 1-2 Days
recommend fall season
TERRAIN
Square Miles 20
Climate Type Desert
Elevation 0 to 700 ft.
Trail Maintenance Not Marked, Not Rated, Not Maintained
Loose Dirt This OHV area has little loose dirt.Little
Hard Pack The OHV area has some hard pack terrain.Some
Sand This OHV area has mostly sandy areas.Mostly paddle or sand tire recommended for best experience
Mud The OHV area has little mud after it rains.Little
Dust The OHV area has some dust on typical days.Some
Rocks This OHV area has some rocks.Some
Trees The OHV area has no trees.None
Steep Hills This OHV area has some steep hills.Some
Water Crossings The OHV area has no water crossings.None
Small Jumps This OHV area has many small jumps.Many
Large Jumps This OHV area has some large jumps.Some
Berms The OHV area has few berms.Few
Sand/Gravel Pits This BLM land has few sand or gravel pits.Few
Single Track This BLM land has few single track trails.Few
Roads This BLM land has some roads.Some
Intersections This OHV area has almost all intersections.All
Rider Traffic The BLM land has many rider traffic on typical days.Many busy on holidays, especially in fall
Shade This BLM land has no shaded areas.None
Ranges/Gunfire This BLM land has few shooting ranges or gunfire.Few
Hazards This OHV area has some hazards.Some (hazards not marked)
Beware of nearby bombing ranges.
Easy Terrain Novice This OHV area has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain Amateur This OHV area has some intermediate level terrain.Some
Difficult Terrain Expert This OHV area has some expert terrain.Some
Comment more variety and challenging terrain than nearby Plaster City, and less law enforcement than Ocotillo Wells
REGULATIONS
Permit Required Yes CA OHMVR stickers required
Dates Open Year-Round CA OHMVR red sticker vehicles permitted from 10/1 to 5/31
Spark Arrestor Yes A spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise Limit Yes (96 dB) CA OHMVR noise limits apply (1985/older limit 101 dB, 1986/newer limit 96 dB)
Whip Flags Not Required Safety Flags Recommended
Maximum Vehicle Width No Restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles Permitted CA OHMVR stickers required
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVs Permitted CA OHMVR stickers required
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXS Permitted CA 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 Areas CA OHMVR stickers required
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
Certain Times CA OHMVR restrictions apply
Helmets Required Yes helmets required by state law
Bicycles No Restriction Not Recommended
Hiking No Restriction Not Recommended
Horseback No Restriction Not Recommended
Camping / Overnight RV Parking Camping No Restriction (camp anywhere)
Campfire Restrictions Campfires No Restriction
Night Riding Yes
Cross Country Permitted
Alcohol No Restriction
Fireworks Prohibited
Firearms Some Areas
Emergency / Law Enforcement Few/Periodic
Insurance *Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that all visitors get insurance for their ATV, UTV or motorcycle before visiting any of the locations shown on this website.
FEES
Parking No ($0.00)
Entry No ($0.00)
Riding No ($0.00)
Camping No ($0.00)
Comment open area BLM
KEY SERVICES
First Aid First Aid 20-30 Miles (SE) El Centro Regional Medical Center (760) 339-7100
Gasoline Gasoline 20-30 Miles (SE) 7-11 (760) 352-4383
Diesel Diesel 20-30 Miles (SE) Chevron (760) 352-2600
Potable Water Water 5-20 Miles (SE) Sunbeam Lake RV Resort (760) 352-7154
RV Hookups RV Hookup 5-20 Miles (SE) Sunbeam Lake RV Resort (760) 352-7154
RV Dump Station RV Disposal 5-20 Miles (SE) Sunbeam Lake RV Resort (760) 352-7154
Primitive Camping Campground 30+ Miles (NE) Salton Sea State Recreation Area (760) 393-3052
Convenience Store Conv Store 20-30 Miles (SE) Walmart (760) 337-1600
Swimming Swim Area 5-20 Miles (SE) Sunbeam Lake County Park (760) 352-3308
Body of Water Water Body 5-20 Miles (SE) Sunbeam Lake
Boating Launch Boat Ramp 5-20 Miles (SE) Sunbeam Lake
CONTACTS
Contact Info BLM - El Centro Field Office
1661 S. 4th Street
El Centro, CA 92243
(760) 337-4400
www.blm.gov
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RV Trailer Staging Area and Camping at Superstition Mountain OHV Area

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Make sure to bring a GPS as it is easy to get lost.
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