Calcite Mine

Short but great ride with outstanding views of the Salton Sea.

Total Miles


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1 Hour
Technical Rating
7 / 10
Best Time
Fall/ Winter/ Spring

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Trail Overview
Calcite Mine
Short trip, but worth it for experienced riders. Must have a street-legal vehicle in the state park. Climb up to a WWII calcite mine and incredible views of Anza-Borrego State Park and the Salton Sea. Stay for awhile and explore numerous hiking trails and slot canyons.
Calcite Mine contained a high-quality colorless calcite that was used to make Norden bombsights during WWII. It was mined by digging trenches following calcite seams. You can see bits of the calcite when it reflects the sun. It is illegal to remove any plant, animal or mineral from the park.
Getting There
Located on the north side of Highway S22 between Borrego Springs and Salton City. From Highway 86 in Salton City, drive 8.3 miles west on S22. Trail entrance is 0.65 miles west of large microwave tower on S22.
Contact for Current Conditions
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Visitor Center