Pumpkin Patch Trail - Ocotillo Wells SVRA

Borrego Springs, California (Imperial County)

Last Updated: 01/01/2019
5 / 5 ( 2 reviews )
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Length: 3.38 miles
Highest Elevation: 162 feet
Duration: About 45 minutes
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: North
Nearest Town: Borrego Springs
Nearest Town w/ Services: Borrego Springs
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Management Agency: Ocotillo Wells SVRA


Highlight: Pumpkin Patch Trail - Ocotillo Wells SVRA
Overlapping San Diego and Imperial Counties nestled between Anza Borrego Desert State Park and the Salton Sea is the Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area; an 85,000-acre playground for off-road enthusiasts. Some of the popular attractions in the park are Pumpkin Patch, Tectonic Gorge, Truckhaven, the 4x4 Training Area, Badlands, Shell Reef, Devil's Slide, and Blowsand Hill among many others. Pumpkin Patch is an iconic geological site and a must-see while visiting Anza Borrego or Ocotillo Wells. Wind erosion has blown away the land's surface to reveal the unique pumpkin shaped concretions millions of years in the making.


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1. Pumpkin Patch Trailhead (0 mi)
Running Pumpkin Patch trail from the south end starts from East Bank Wash. The trail begins on an extremely wide dirt track. The terrain is flat and comprised of hard pack and sandy sections.

Directions to Trailhead

From Highway 78, exit at the Ocotillo Wells Ranger Station/Discovery Center (5172 Highway 78, Borrego Springs, CA 92004). After you exit the highway, continue north for a short distance until you reach Quarry Road. You may want air down your vehicle here as you will be travelling on unpaved roads. Turn right and head east on Quarry Road 1 mile to Shell Reef Expressway. Continue northeast on Shell Reef Expressway for about 4 miles until you reach East Bank Wash. Turn left and head northwest on East Bank Wash for 3/4 miles and look for Pumpkin Patch Trail on the right (north) side of the road.



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Zulu Juliet

Mapping Crew - California

I am a southern California native and an outdoors wanderer with a passion for camping, exploring new trails, and seeking interesting sites that are only accessible off paved roads. While traveling to remote areas presents unique challenges and risk, finding solutions and adapting to unforeseen crisis is part of my enjoyment. Perhaps my stint in the scouts and marines have helped prepare me for this endeavor. Every trip is a learning experience, as I test myself, my gear, and my rig. My mantras are, Build, break, fix, repeat!" and "We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.". Since my kids are grown and off to college, I'm able to get out more often. Overlanding is how I roll, with occasional "mild" rock crawling. My bucket list trip is a Pan American expedition from Alaska to Argentina. In the meantime, I've been roaming the deserts and mountains of SoCal, Baja, Arizona, Nevada, and Utah. Joining TrailsOffroad was an inevitable decision, and I look forward to contributing to this platform.
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