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Ocotillo Wells SVRA

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Other 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 pumpkin patch areas. With over 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.

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REGULATIONS

Permit RequiredYesCA OHMVR stickers required
Dates OpenDaily Year-RoundCA OHMVR red sticker vehicles permitted from 10/1 to 5/31
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedYesResidents of any state not listed must purchase a Nonresident OHV Use Permit. (AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, IA, ID, IN, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, ND, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, TX, UT, VT, WA, WI, WY)
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust 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)Whip Flags Required For Safety
flags mandatory for ATV's but recommended for dirt bikes & autos
Maximum Vehicle WidthNo Restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermittedCA 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)
PermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
2 Cycle EnginesCertain TimesCA OHMVR restrictions apply
Motocross Helmet RequiredYeshelmets required by state law
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingNo Restriction(camp anywhere)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresNo Restriction
Night RidingYes
Trail BlazingPermittedareas that are off limits are well marked
AlcoholSome Areaspermitted in campsite
Rule EnforcementManyDedicated Rangers/Officers
On-Site Office/Station
Armed OfficersJeep/SUV Patrol
ATV/Saddle Mounted Patrol
heavy law presence on holidays
CommentDrones and unmanned aerial systems are prohibited.
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TERRAIN

Approx Size85,000 acres (133 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail500
Climate TypeDesert
Elevation0 to 400 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

TYPE OF AREA

AreaMotorized Trails, open area mostly, variety of terrain
LandState Recreation

GPS POINTS

    KEY SERVICES

    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

    FEES & PASSES

    Parking(None)
    Entry(None)
    Riding(None)
    Camping(None)

    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 Rider Reviews & Comments)

    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.

    OFFICIAL CONTACTS

    Contact InfoOcotillo Wells SVRA
    5172 Highway 78
    Borrego Springs, CA 92004
    (760) 767-5391
    ohvinfo.ohv@parks.ca.gov
    www.ohv.parks.ca.gov
    Contact InfoIronwoods Off-road Rental
    4875 Hwy 78
    Borrego Springs, CA 92004
    (866) 230-2933
    info@ironwoodsrental.com
    www.ironwoodsrental.com
    Contact InfoSteve's ATV Rental
    (760) 394-1188
    info@stevesatv.com
    stevesatvrentals.com

    RIDER COMMENTS & REVIEWS

    Ocotillo Wells Trail Photo

    Ocotillo Wells SVRA Trail

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    Woman on Yamaha Banshee 250 with red whip flag navigating wide sandy ATV trail.

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    OHV at Ocotillo Wells SVRA Trail

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    OHV at Ocotillo Wells SVRA Trail

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    Some amenities at Ocotillo Wells SVRA Trail

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    RV Trailer Staging Area and Camping at Ocotillo Wells SVRA Trail

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    Yamaha YZ Motorcycle at Ocotillo Wells SVRA Trail

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    RV Trailer Staging Area and Camping at Ocotillo Wells SVRA Trail

    Park and camp anywhere.

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    Some terrain at Ocotillo Wells SVRA Trail

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    Terrain example at Ocotillo Wells SVRA Trail

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    OHV at Ocotillo Wells SVRA Trail

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    OHV jumping at Ocotillo Wells SVRA Trail

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    A view of the 'Pumpkin Patch', one of the many attractions at Ocotillo Wells. Photo Submitted 11/19/2018 (Thanks!)

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