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Plaster City

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Alt Names

Plaster City Open Area, Plaster City East, Plaster City West

Last Known StatusOpen

Named for the huge gypsum factory that divides the two main staging areas, this is a designated open area where you can park, camp and ride anywhere. There are no fees and no services and the climate is hot, dry and often windy.

The terrain is largely flat and uninteresting, and nearby Superstition Mountain and Ocotillo Wells offer a bit more variety. Beware the adjacent military bombing ranges, limited use and wilderness areas. Bring your own water and shade.

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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Nearest CityEl Centro, CA
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From: San Diego, CA
1 Take I-8 east toward Ocotillo, about 85 miles
2) Take first exit after coming down from the mountains (Imperial Highway/CR-S2 exit)
3) Turn left (north) off the exit ramp and cross under the highway
4) Turn right on Old Highway 80
5) Continue 7 miles for Plaster City West Staging Area or 10 miles for the Plaster City East Staging Area (both staging areas are on the left side of higway).

TYPE OF AREA

Areaopen area, desert floor, mostly flat
LandBLM

RATINGS

Prosopen area, park/camp/ride anywhere
Consno services, terrain is largely flat and uninteresting, no shade, sometimes get extremely windy
Our RatingRatingFair    
Recommended StayHalf Day
winter/fall
Comments(Scroll Down For Visitor Reviews & Comments)

TERRAIN

Square Miles64
Climate TypeDesert
Elevation0 to 300 ft.
Trail MaintenanceNot Marked, Not Rated, Not Maintained
Loose DirtThis riding area has no loose dirt.None
Hard PackThe riding area has some hard pack terrain.Some
SandThis riding area has almost all sandy areas.All
MudThe riding area has no mud after it rains.None
DustThe riding area has some dust on typical days.Some
RocksThis riding area has little rocks.Little
TreesThe riding area has no trees.None
Steep HillsThis riding area has no steep hills.None
Water CrossingsThe riding area has no water crossings.None
Small JumpsThis riding area has few small jumps.Few
Large JumpsThis riding area has no large jumps.None
BermsThe riding area has few berms.Few
Sand/Gravel PitsThis BLM land has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis BLM land has no single track trails.None
RoadsThis BLM land has few roads.Few
IntersectionsThis riding area has almost all intersections.All
Rider TrafficThe BLM land has few rider traffic on typical days.Few
ShadeThis BLM land has no shaded areas.None
Ranges/GunfireThis BLM land has some shooting ranges or gunfire.Some
HazardsThis riding area has few hazards.Few(hazards not marked)
Beware of nearby bombing ranges, railroad tracks.
Easy Terrain NoviceThis riding area has almost all beginner terrain.All
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis riding area has no intermediate level terrain.None
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis riding area has no expert terrain.None
Commentmostly flat, open area, desert floor

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 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
hot, dry
HikingNo RestrictionNot Recommended
hot, dry
HorsebackNo Restriction
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 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.
Commentopen area

FEES & PASSES

Parking(None)
Entry(None)
Riding(None)
Camping(None)
Commentopen area, no services

KEY SERVICES

First Aid First Aid5-20 Miles (E)El Centro Regional Medical Center (760) 339-7100
Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (E)7-11 (760) 352-4383
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (E)Chevron (760) 352-2600
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (E)Rio Bend RV Resort Golf Ranch (760) 352-7061
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (E)Rio Bend RV Resort Golf Ranch (760) 352-7061
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (E)Rio Bend RV Resort Golf Ranch (760) 352-7061
Primitive Camping Campground30+ Miles (W)Cottonwood Campground (760) 337-4400
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (E)Walmart Supercenter (760) 337-1600
Swimming Swim Area5-20 Miles (E)Sunbeam Lake (760) 352-7154
Body of Water Water Body5-20 Miles (E)Sunbeam Lake
Boating Launch Boat Ramp5-20 Miles (E)Sunbeam Lake (760) 352-7154

OFFICIAL 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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