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Ocotillo Wells SVRA, Borrego Springs

#9 of 12 in Outdoors in Borrego Springs
Outdoor Activity · Hidden Gem
Welcome to Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA), where more than 85,000 acres of southern California desert await off-highway vehicle (OHV) enthusiasts. Located near the Salton Sea and covering portions of both San Diego and Imperial Counties, Ocotillo Wells SVRA offers a wide variety of opportunities for OHV recreation as well as for hiking, biking, geocaching, and camping. In fact, it is possible to explore the park's open environment and varied terrain for days without having to retrace your tracks. Visitors marvel at the many exotically named natural wonders such as Blowsand Hill, Devil's Slide, and the Badlands. Elevations here range from 176 feet below sea level to 790 feet above sea level. The extreme terrain and intense climate have challenged both the skills and endurance of OHV recreation enthusiasts for generations.

The Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Program was created in 1971 out of the critical need to better manage growing demands for off-highway recreation, while at the same time foster respect for private property rights and protect California's natural and cultural resources. Today, this program, a division of the California Department of Parks and Recreation, is the largest and most successful program of its type in the U.S. The program continues its commitment to provide safe, enjoyable recreation while balancing the need to protect the state's resources.

In addition to providing accessibility to off-highway recreation for everyone from hikers to bikers to bird watchers, the program provides a variety of services and benefits to California's residents and visitors, including resource management of state lands, wildlife habitat protection, youth development and law enforcement.

Program funding comes from fuel taxes which are attributable to the recreational use of vehicles off highway, off-highway vehicle registration fees and fees collected at State Vehicular Recreation Areas.

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  • Most people visit this part of Anza-Borrego to tear around the desert in their ORVs, but it has attractions for the rest of us too. The web of dirt roads radiating out from the ranger station, just...  more »
  • This was my first trip to Ocitlo Wells off-road park. We normally go to the Imperial Sand Dunes/ Gordon’s well. My sons friend has a dirt bike so he suggested going to Ocitillo Wells. The place was.....  more »

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