Picacho Road

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Picacho Road is a gateway to numerous trails and outdoor activities. Its 17.6 miles of gravel and sand span several land agencies, including the Fort Yuma Quechan Indian Tribal land, El Centro BLM, California State Recreation Area, and private mining property, all while showing off the Picacho Peak monolith in the distance. 

Most of the route is on BLM land, offering dozens of spur roads, abundant camping opportunities, and hiking trails. The southern half is mostly desert terrain on maintained gravel, while the northern portion is more rocky and rugged, with several miles of loose gravel and sandy washes cutting through small canyons. The road ends at Picacho State Park, where there is a fee to enter, whether day use or camping. There aren't any obstacles or difficult sections that 2WD can't handle.

Remnants of old and current mining activity, including the Picacho Mine Cemetery, are found throughout this area.

Another popular destination in this area is Valley of the Names, where visitors have created thousands of rock displays on the desert floor for over 70 years.