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 Truckhaven, the 4x4 Training Area, the Badlands, Pumpkin Patch, Shell Reef, Devil's Slide, and Blowsand Hill among many others. There is a network of dirt trails and washes that sprawl throughout the park. The main trails are marked with street signs at every intersection, and trail markers at every 1/10th mile. Please use caution while traveling through the park keeping mindful that other vehicles (such as dirt bikes, quads, and buggys) can be zipping through.
7 day forecast for Tectonic Gorge - Ocotillo Wells SVRA
Riding the trail from east to west, the trailhead begins at the intersection of Cross Over Trail and Tectonic Gorge.
From this point head north (right turn). There are mile markers posted every 1/10 mile with the trail name.
Because this is an open off-road area, there may be trails that split off or crisscross over the main trail.
Look out for the trail markers to ensure you are on the correct path.
Starting from the east end, the first trail marker you'll see is marked 5.2 miles and will be in descending order as you travel westward.
Take the S-22 freeway to Cross Over Trail which is less than 1/2 mile west of the Ocotillo Wells SVRA 4x4 Training Area.
Cross Over Trail is located on the south side of S-22 at 25 miles east of Borrego Springs via Palm Canyon Drive, and 5 miles west from the 86 freeway via Borrego Salton Seaway. (Coordinates: 33.26600, -116.01885)
After turning onto Cross Over Trail, continue southwest approximately 1/4 mile through a large primitive camp area.
There is a small building on the left with vaulted toilets, and a fenced dumpster area. (Coordinates: 33.26448, -116.02284)
It may be a good idea to use the restrooms while here as there are no others along the trail. You can also air down your tires at this location.
Continue another 200 feet and you will reach the intersection of Cross Over Trail and Tectonic Gorge.
(Coordinates: 33.26452, -116.02375)
Fun trail!!! Starts off mellow then gets really fun when you get deep into the canyon! It's like a slalom course... came across a few SXS & dirt bikers so keep your ears open for oncoming traffic on blind switchbacks. Deep sand here and there, couple of rocky sections but nothing a stock 4x4 can't handle! As a big X-FIles fan this was an awesome little trail to visit before we ended our vacation in Borrego Springs!
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