Ocotillo Wells SVRA

Total Miles


109.14 ft


4 Hours

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Best Time

Fall, Winter, Spring

Trail Overview

This trail passes west to east through the heart of Ocotillo Wells SVRA and provides an introduction to the area. You'll get a feel for the obscure terrain and have access to many side roads of greater difficulty. The area is free and open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Lots of camping with vault toilets. Pay showers at Holmes Camp and along Ranger Station Road. Get an official map at ranger station.

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Ocotillo Wells SVRA
Ocotillo Wells SVRA
Ocotillo Wells SVRA


Moderate: Most of this route is easy, but a few rutted washes offer challenges for stock 4x4 SUVs. Routefinding can be challenging when wind blows down signs and covers tire tracks.


The 'Wells' in 'Ocotillo Wells' is said to be derived from exploratory oil wells that existed here from 1919 to 1984. During WWII, portions of the area were used for military training. After the war, surplus Willys Jeeps were bought by civilians and used here for recreation. In April of 1976, Ocotillo Wells was officially designated as an SVRA (State Vehicular Recreation Area).

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Status Reports

Lorenzo Wick
Mar 02, 2024
2018 Can-Am Maverick X3 Max R
Whole place is one giant dust bowl there must be some sort of an event taken place at Tuck haven
Jeffrie Saenz
Dec 14, 2023

Access Description

Take State Route 78 to Ranger Station Road about halfway between Borrego Springs and Highway 86. If coming from Highway 86, Ranger Station Road is west 18.5 miles. Head north on Ranger Station Road about 0.2 miles to Quarry Road on right. Before you turn, you'll see the Discovery Center and Ranger Station just ahead.

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