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17 Palms Oasis

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3/5 (2 reviews)
Salton City, California (San Diego County)
Last Updated: 08/02/2022

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Out in the middle of nowhere, the Ocotillo Wells SRVA desert area has a unique landscape feature that most people have never seen in their lives; an oasis. Sprouting out of the desolate desert is a lush green area with palm trees and shrubs. This green blip growing from the brown desert is a unique feature that its typically only read about in stories or see in movies. This backcountry drive, with a short hike, gives you a chance to experience it in real life.

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3/5 (2)
Rated 3/5
Visited: 12/30/2020

Cool to see. Ran this from S22 and made a day of it. Took about 2 hour out and back. I wouldn't want to run this trail in 2wd due to the deep sand. Deep sand and traffic is the only concern. Arroyo Salado Campground was closed due to COVID. It was pretty busy out this weekend.
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Visited: 03/19/2019

Came in from Truckhaven. Easy drive in the wash. Amazing to see such a large group of healthy palms in the midst of this desert. We enjoyed the stroll to the palms and then continued to 5 Palms and Pumpkin Patch.

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