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Superstition Mountain

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Other Names

Superstition Mountain Open Area, Colorado Desert

Last Known StatusOpen

This large open area offers more variety and challenging terrain than nearby Plaster City, and less law enforcement than Ocotillo Wells SVRA. The terrain is a mix of dry lakes, bad lands, rocky mountains and rolling dunes. There is a good variety of trails for all skill levels, but most of the area can be rated as beginner to moderately challenging.

All vehicle types are welcomed and visitors can park, ride or camp anywhere. There is no fee charged to camp or ride, but there are no services and all off road vehicles must display a current California OHMVR Sticker or an equivalent registration sticker from a reciprocating state.

Cross-country travel is permitted but beware the bombing ranges to the north and south. Holiday weekends are crowded and rowdy, with lots of bonfires, speeding and massive parties. During the summer this area gets blazing hot, so the best time to visit is during late fall through the winter months.

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REGULATIONS

Permit RequiredYesCA OHMVR stickers required
Dates OpenYear-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 FlagsNot RequiredWhip Flags Recommended For Safety
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 UTV & 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
2 Stroke EnginesCertain TimesCA OHMVR restrictions apply
MX Helmet RequiredYeshelmets required by state law
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingNo Restriction(camp anywhere)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresNo Restriction
Night RidingYes
Trail BlazingPermitted
AlcoholNo Restriction
Rule EnforcementFew/Periodic
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TERRAIN

Approx Size13,000 acres (20 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail100
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 mostly beginner terrain.Mostly
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis OHV area has some intermediate level terrain.Some
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis OHV area has little expert terrain.Little
CommentMore variety and challenging terrain than nearby Plaster City but less law enforcement than Ocotillo Wells.

TYPE OF AREA

AreaMotorized Trails, Off-Road Dunes
LandBLM

KEY SERVICES

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

FEES & PASSES

Parking(None)
Entry(None)
Riding(None)
Camping(None)
Commentopen area BLM

RATINGS

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

Nearest CityEl Centro, CA
AddressWheeler Road, Imperial, CA 92251
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: San Diego, CA
1) I-8 East to Exit 101
2) Turn left (north) off the exit ramp onto Dunaway Road, continue 1.6 miles
3) Turn right (east) onto Old Hwy 80/Evan Hewes Hwy, continue 4.3 miles
4) Turn left (north) onto Huff Road, continue 6.4 miles
5) Turn left (west) onto Wheeler Road, continue about 2 miles
6) Multiple staging areas on both sides of the road.

OFFICIAL CONTACTS

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

RIDER COMMENTS & REVIEWS

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RV Trailer Staging Area and Camping at Superstition Mountain OHV Area

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RV Trailer Staging Area and Camping at Superstition Mountain OHV Area

Park and stage anywhere.

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Scenic view at Superstition Mountain OHV Area

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OHV at Superstition Mountain OHV Area

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

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Scenic view of Superstition Mountain OHV Area

That looks fun.

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Some terrain at Superstition Mountain OHV Area

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Scenic view of Superstition Mountain OHV Area

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Scenery from Superstition Mountain OHV Area

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Scenery from Superstition Mountain OHV Area

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A trail at Superstition Mountain OHV Area

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Superstition Mountain OHV Area

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