Gettysburg - Ocotillo Wells SVRA

Salton City, California (Imperial County)

Last Updated: 07/02/2017
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Highlight: Gettysburg - 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 Truckhaven, the 4x4 Training Area, the Badlands, Pumpkin Patch, Shell Reef, Devil's Slide, and Blowsand Hill among many others. Gettysburg is an enjoyable short trail and is a nice complement to Tectonic Gorge with similar features and terrain. After finishing Tectonic Gorge at the west end, jump onto Gettysburg and head east. With the sun at your back, cruise through the open desert, descend into the gorge, and weave through the canyon for more off-road fun and beautiful scenery!


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1. Gettysburg Trailhead (0 mi)
At the west end of Tectonic Gorge and Gettysburg, head northeast on Gettysburg. This section of the trail travels atop the desert plateau where Ocotillo plants and other desert fauna are scattered throughout the area. The USN Microwave Tower is visible in the distance to the north. The trail is flat with sections of hard packed dirt and soft sand. Trail markers are posted every 1/10th mile. There are small trails that will crisscross and split along the way and although most lead back to the main trail, few may not. Simply look out for the trail markers as a guide to ensure you are following the correct path.

Directions to Trailhead

Coming from Borrego Springs via Palm Canyon Drive, travel east as it turns into S-22 Borrego Salton Seaway. Continue 25 miles until you reach Cross Over Trail on the right (south) side of the road. Coming from Salton Sea via the 86 Freeway, take the S-22 Borrego Salton Seaway east. Drive 5 miles and look for Cross Over Trail on the left (south) side of the road. (Cross Over Trail 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). Follow Tectonic Gorge west for 5.3 miles to the end where it connects with Gettysburg.



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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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