Ocotillo Wells     
California State Parks  (View this site)
San Diego County, California
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Operating Season:  
All year
"Welcome to the Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area. More than 80,000 acres of magnificent desert are open for off-highway exploration and recreation within the boundaries portrayed on the park map are operated by California State Parks. Outside the boundaries, to the south and east, large tracts of BLM land (U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management) are also open to off-highway vehicles. The western boundary and part of the northern boundary connect with the half-million acre Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, which is closed to off-highway recreation, but open to exploration by highway-legal vehicles along established primitive roads.

The rangers and staff of Ocotillo Wells are dedicated to providing a safe and enjoyable desert riding environment, and to ensuring that a quality experience remains available for future generations."

- California State Parks

Trail Maps      

Ocotillo Wells SVRA   (California State Parks)
Shell Reef   (USGS Topo)

Trail Links      

Ocotillo Wells SVRA  (View this site)


From Interstate 8 (San Diego - 90 Miles)
- Go East on Interstate 8 (35 Miles)
- Take Highway 79 (Exit 40) toward Julian (23.2 Miles)
- Turn right onto Highway 78 / Banner Road (31.6 Miles)
- Turn left onto Ranger Station Road (0.3 Miles)
- Ocotillo Wells SVRA access and ranger station ahead

From Interstate 15 (Temecula - 78 Miles)
- Take Highway 79 South (41 Miles)
- Turn left onto CR S2/San Felipe Road (16.8 Miles)
- Turn left on Highway 78 (19.9 Miles)
- Turn left onto Ranger Station Road (0.3 Miles)
- Ocotillo Wells SVRA access and ranger station ahead

A bold trail name denotes a link to a trail write up.
  Easy -
   These fun family trails are suited for a stock vehicle and may not always require four wheel drive. In most cases these trails consist of well maintained service roads. Roads are typically wide enough to accommodate passing.

  Moderate -
   While more challenging than the "Easy" rated trails, drivers of all skill levels can enjoy these trails. At this level a stock high clearance four wheel drive vehicle is required. Trails are typically narrow with possible brush that may scratch your vehicle. Passing usually requires backing up.

  Difficult -
   Trails at this rating require a vehicle with increased ground clearance and proper protection. Trails will often require a spotter and should only be attempted by more experienced off road drivers. Most trails at this level require 33" tires and at least one locker is recommended.

  Extreme -
   Trails at this rating require a heavily modified vehicle. At this point you most likely have more dents than lugs on your tires, flops and rollovers are just part of your Sunday drive. Front and rear lockers, at least 35" tires and a winch are highly recommended. "Extreme" rated trails should only be attempted by the most experienced off road drivers.