Ocotillo Wells SVRA

This trail offers a good initiation into the large Ocotillon Wells area.

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Trail Overview


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).

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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