Old Palo Verde Road

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On its west end, Old Palo Verde Road begins amongst the vast, beautiful green cotton and alfalfa fields of Palo Verde and soon finds its way into a narrow ravine cutting through the Palos Verde Mountains Wilderness. The surrounding untouched landscape is rugged but stunning. The minimal road maintenance and failed drainage have led to the road being reclaimed by nature. Annual floods through the gorge have caused large road sections to collapse. Detours around washed-out sections of the road leading down into a rough rocky wash at the bottom of the ravine or upwards on new paths cut into the steep slopes. Only higher clearance four-wheel-drive vehicles should be used on this road. Several camping locations can be found along the way when following the camping guidelines of BLM El Centro Field Office.