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Superstition Mountain

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Alt Names

Superstition Mountain Open Area

Last Known StatusOpen

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 CityEl 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

AreaTrail, Dunes
LandBLM

QUALITY

Prosgood variety of desert terrain
open area - camp/park/ride anywhere
Conscrowded on holidays
can be very windy
sometimes rowdy - bonfires, speeding, parties
RatingRatingGood    
Recommended Stay1-2 Days
recommend fall season

TERRAIN

Square Miles20
Climate TypeDesert
Elevation0 to 700 ft.
Trail MaintenanceNot Marked, Not Rated, Not Maintained
Loose DirtThis OHV area has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe OHV area has some hard pack terrain.Some
SandThis OHV area has mostly sandy areas.Mostlypaddle or sand tire recommended for best experience
MudThe OHV area has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe OHV area has some dust on typical days.Some
RocksThis OHV area has some rocks.Some
TreesThe OHV area has no trees.None
Steep HillsThis OHV area has some steep hills.Some
Water CrossingsThe OHV area has no water crossings.None
Small JumpsThis OHV area has many small jumps.Many
Large JumpsThis OHV area has some large jumps.Some
BermsThe OHV area has few berms.Few
Sand/Gravel PitsThis BLM land has few sand or gravel pits.Few
Single TrackThis BLM land has few single track trails.Few
RoadsThis BLM land has some roads.Some
IntersectionsThis OHV area has almost all intersections.All
Rider TrafficThe BLM land has many rider traffic on typical days.Manybusy on holidays, especially in fall
ShadeThis BLM land has no shaded areas.None
Ranges/GunfireThis BLM land has few shooting ranges or gunfire.Few
HazardsThis OHV area has some hazards.Some(hazards not marked)
Beware of nearby bombing ranges.
Easy Terrain NoviceThis OHV area has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis OHV area has some intermediate level terrain.Some
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis OHV area has some expert terrain.Some
Commentmore variety and challenging terrain than nearby Plaster City, and less law enforcement than Ocotillo Wells

REGULATIONS

Permit RequiredYesCA OHMVR stickers required
Dates OpenYear-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 FlagsNot RequiredSafety Flags Recommended
Maximum Vehicle WidthNo Restriction
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
HikingNo RestrictionNot Recommended
HorsebackNo RestrictionNot Recommended
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingNo Restriction(camp anywhere)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresNo Restriction
Night RidingYes
Cross CountryPermitted
AlcoholNo Restriction
FireworksProhibited
FirearmsSome Areas
Emergency / Law EnforcementFew/Periodic
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet recommends that all riders obtain motorcycle insurance or ATV / UTV insurance before visiting any of the locations depicted.

FEES

ParkingNo ($0.00)
EntryNo ($0.00)
RidingNo ($0.00)
CampingNo ($0.00)
Commentopen area BLM

KEY SERVICES

First Aid First Aid20-30 Miles (SE)El Centro Regional Medical Center (760) 339-7100
Gasoline Gasoline20-30 Miles (SE)7-11 (760) 352-4383
Diesel Diesel20-30 Miles (SE)Chevron (760) 352-2600
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (SE)Sunbeam Lake RV Resort (760) 352-7154
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (SE)Sunbeam Lake RV Resort (760) 352-7154
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (SE)Sunbeam Lake RV Resort (760) 352-7154
Primitive Camping Campground30+ Miles (NE)Salton Sea State Recreation Area (760) 393-3052
Convenience Store Conv Store20-30 Miles (SE)Walmart (760) 337-1600
Swimming Swim Area5-20 Miles (SE)Sunbeam Lake County Park (760) 352-3308
Body of Water Water Body5-20 Miles (SE)Sunbeam Lake
Boating Launch Boat Ramp5-20 Miles (SE)Sunbeam Lake

CONTACTS

Contact InfoBLM - El Centro Field Office
1661 S. 4th Street
El Centro, CA 92243
(760) 337-4400
www.blm.gov

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

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