Sandstone Canyon

You'll love this drive with its diverse terrain and interesting views.

Total Miles
13.9
Plan with onX Offroad

Elevation
493.38

Duration
4

Technical Rating
4/10

Best Time
Fall/Winter/Spring

Trail Overview

Difficulty

Easy: Conditions in the canyon sometimes worsen after heavy rains, but this route is usually suitable for stock 4x4 SUVs. Dangerous flash floods are possible. Avoid if rain is forecast.

History

A fault occurred through Split Mountain about 20 million years ago. As flood waters passed through the fault it gradually widened, exposing fascinating rock layers. Over 40,000 acres of watershed is funneled through the canyon and continues eastward about 20 miles to the Salton Sea.

Access Description

From Ocotillo Wells on Highway 78 on the south side of Ocotillo Wells SVRA, take Split Mountain Road south 8.1 miles. Turn right at sign for Fish Creek Wash after break in pavement.

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