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Plaster City

Saturday, December 23, 2023

Other Names

Plaster City Open Area, Plaster City East, Plaster City West, Colorado Desert

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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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 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
Commentopen area


Approx Size28,000 acres (44 sq mi)
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


Areaopen area, desert floor, mostly flat


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


Commentopen area, no services


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
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Nearest CityEl Centro, CA
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
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).


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


Plaster City Riding Area Photo

Plaster City Riding Area

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RV Trailer Staging Area and Camping at Plaster City Riding Area

Main Entrance.

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OHV at Plaster City Riding Area

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Scenic view of Plaster City Riding Area

Nothing but flat terrain here.

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Example of terrain at Plaster City Riding Area

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Plaster City Riding Area

Plaster City Riding Area Photo

Scenic view at Plaster City Riding Area

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