Beginner Offroad Trails Near Ocotillo

McCain Valley Road

Total Miles
13.7
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp

Canyon de Guadalupe High Road

When this road through the lake bed is wet and muddy, this is the safe route to access the Canyon de Guadalupe Hot Springs. It is long and bumpy, so it's wise to air down…
Total Miles
32.5
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Fa

Laguna Hanson Route

This is the general route through the Sierra Juarez mountains in Baja, California that accesses Laguna Hanson and the Parque Nacional Constitucion de 1857. This is a relatively easy dirt road but can get muddy…
Total Miles
61.5
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Olla Wash

This is an out and back trail that splits of from Fish Creek wash in the Sandstone Canyon area of Anza Borrego State Park. Just before the end of the trail, there is a small…
Total Miles
1.8
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Fa / Wi

Parachute Landing

Parachute Landing is an unmaintained paved road and beach trail leading to a decommissioned Naval Auxiliary Air Station. A non-technical but eroding road with sand drifts turns into a dirt path, eventually terminating at the…
Total Miles
4.5
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Fa / Wi

Blair Valley

Take a scenic loop through the desert to see a significant archeological area. Hike a couple of short trails to see pictographs, Native American mortars and the remnants of an old desert homestead at the…
Total Miles
9.1
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Fa

Fonts Point

Total Miles
4.1
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Fa

Coyote Canyon

This is an out and back route that ends at a nice hike and small campground. Along the way, you'll encounter a small water crossing or two, depending on the time of year and rain.…
Total Miles
8.7
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Wi / Fa / Sp

Otay Mtns Truck Trail

This route goes up and over Otay Mtn with sweeping views over the San Ysidro Mountains and a little bit of San Diego in the distance. The road is made up entirely of dirt and…
Total Miles
13.4
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Wi / Fa / Sp / Su

Bradshaw's Trail

Bradshaw's Trail is roughly a 70-mile-long trail stretching from Blythe, CA, to the eastern side of the Salton Sea. The trail runs east to west although it can be traveled from either end, and goes…
Total Miles
66.9
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Fa / Wi

SR2013 Red Canyon Jeep Trail

Right off the 10 Freeway just South of Joshua Tree National Park is the Red Canyon Jeep Trail. A 13-mile trail that winds its way through the mountains into the Bradshaw Trail. The trail is…
Total Miles
12.5
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp

Santa Ysabel Truck Trail

Santa Ysabel Truck Trail is a narrow, shelf-road trail running through a section of the Cleveland National Forest in Ramona. The trail follows along Santa Ysabel Creek and offers beautiful views over the mountains, and…
Total Miles
4.8
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Fa / Sp / Su

Palomar Divide (9S07)

The Palomar Divide is an easy drive with beautiful views. It is a single lane with pull-offs throughout. The majority of the trail is dirt however has some old paved sections in the lower elevation…
Total Miles
10.9
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

8S05 - North Palomar Mountain Road

8S05 is a well-maintained service road, but you can expect large rocks, ruts, and very steep drop-offs throughout. The weather could have a significant impact on the road. Muddy conditions are likely; one should ensure…
Total Miles
10.1
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp

6S13 - Thomas Mountain Road

Uneven, rutted dirt trail with loose rocks and sand. Muddy conditions should be expected during the rainy season. The trail is primarily one vehicle wide with some portions wide enough for passing oncoming traffic. Steep…
Total Miles
7.7
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Berdoo Canyon Road

This is a fantastic trail that can be run in either direction. The trail is relatively easy, but there are a few obstacles that can give you trouble if you don't have enough clearance and…
Total Miles
23
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Nate Harrison Grade

Nate Harrison Grade is a dirt backroad into Palomar Mountain State Park. This trail leads from the scenery of typical Southern California scrubland up to lush forests and mountain views. Throughout the route, you'll encounter…
Total Miles
7.8
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Geology Tour Road

Geology Tour Road leads through Pleasant Valley in Joshua Tree National Park. It's a dirt and sand road meant to discover different geological features with points of interest along the way. There are hiking trails…
Total Miles
7.3
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

San Jacinto Ridge Trail (FS 5S09)

San Jacinto Ridge is a two-way trail running East to West between the Banning-Idyllwild Panoramic Highway (SR 243) and Bee Canyon Road (FS 5S07) in the San Bernardino National Forest. Comprised of mostly hard-pack dirt,…
Total Miles
10.4
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Black Mountain Road

This is an easy trail that most stock vehicles could tackle. There are some really beautiful views, and the high point is the lookout, which gives a breathtaking view of the sunset. There are 5…
Total Miles
5.1
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

Black Mountain

This is a well-maintain fire road that takes you up to boulder basin group campsite. On the way there, you'll see some turns-outs for rock climbing and overlanding. During the winter months, trails may be…
Total Miles
10
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Su

Picacho State Park Trail

Picacho State Park Road is easy get to and is mainly loose gravel and washes. It is a two-lane at first then turns into a one-lane. The southern part starts out wide, then gets narrow…
Total Miles
14
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp

Arrastia Wash Trail

This wash is full of prospector fun. It is loose river gravel with a few sand areas. 4WD is recommended. There are many things to do and see. It's an out-and-back, single-lane road with little…
Total Miles
1.2
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp

Idyllwild Mountain Road

Beautiful trail overlooking the neighboring town of Banning and the surrounding mountains. The deserted mountain scape is chock-full of secluded camp spots with some wind cover and appears to occasionally be used for shooting. The…
Total Miles
7.3
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

Red Cloud Mine

Easy ride out and back, but a bit bumpy at times. The trail partially goes through Yuma Proving Grounds, follow signs and leave unexplored ammunition alone. 4WD is preferred, but not absolutely necessary if you…
Total Miles
13.2
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp

AZPT Mittry Lake Leg

This is a super easy graded washboard section of the Arizona Peace Trail. There are plenty of dispersed camping spots all along the trail and lakeside. Be sure to keep an eye out for "Day…
Total Miles
7.1
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Wi

El Camino Del Diablo, West Side

This rugged drive is located in the Barry M. Goldwater Range West. There are many side roads to take, and a great trail for ATVs, UTVs and dirt bikes. All vehicles must be street legal…
Total Miles
33.3
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Fa