Berdoo Canyon

4.6/5 (38 reviews)
Coachella, California (SanBernardino County)
Last Updated: 12/05/2020
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Berdoo Canyon is home to an old ghost town named Berdoo Camp. Berdoo camp was founded by the water district when California built the Colorado River Aqueduct that still provides water to Southern California. The Camp was built in the early 1930s for the workers and their families to live while the aqueduct was being constructed under the mountain range. The camp was abandoned sometime in 1937 when the project was completed in the area, and the camp was no longer needed. Over the years the camp has been scraped of all the lumber from the roofs of the old concrete buildings. Now all that is left of the old camp are the skeletons of the concrete buildings that once housed the workers and their families. Building the Colorado River Aqueduct was an amazing feat of the time. The workers did not have the type of modern machinery we take for granted in our everyday lives during the construction. Come out and explore the colorful history of the Berdoo Camp as well as Berdoo Canyon. You might even get to see some of the desert wildlife as you head into Joshua Tree, or a ghost or two. Please tread lightly along the trail. I have lived my entire life in this area, and have seen many of these awesome trails closed, due to people making these beautiful desolate trails their personal landfill. Please, if you find trash along the trail, pick it up and help do your part in keeping this trail open for generations to come.

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Trail Reviews

4.6/5 (38 reviews)
Joe
5600
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 01/21/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Fun trail! Extra credits are always fun to do and keep you entertained if you're a seasoned off-roader. Great way to get into ths heart of J-Tree for more exploring
Trail Review: Berdoo Canyon - Joe
Trail Review: Berdoo Canyon - Joe
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Jay
300
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 12/27/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Great trail in winter months. Plenty of diverse terrain, and east to find. Would definitely recommend it!
Trail Review: Berdoo Canyon - Jay
Trail Review: Berdoo Canyon - Jay
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Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 12/17/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

A nice drive from the Indio area up and over to JT Park. Nothing too hard, and all but one section had a bypass for those with smaller vehicles. Not too crowded either.
Status: Open
Visited: 12/16/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Ran this in my 2020 Tacoma on 32's with no lift and my buddies 2021 on 33's with a 2.5" lift. Great trail with some tight squeezes that we helped each other navigate, otherwise a fun drive through a beautiful canyon—a great way to enter Joshua Tree. We saw two other vehicles on the trail all day. Bypassed waypoint 7; waypoint 8 was no issue at all, there's an easier line to the left that you can take. Excellent writeup!
Trail Review: Berdoo Canyon - Stephen M
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 11/06/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Great fun trail with good variance in driving terrain. Some flat and smooth sections for pacy driving mixed in with some slightly more technical elements. As a beginner off-roader we managed section 8 with relative ease but just took our time on picking the lines and took it slow.

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