5 Palms Oasis

Salton City, California (San Diego County)
Last Updated: 08/10/2022

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Four emerald green palm trees rise from the barren desert at this oasis in the Ocotillo Wells SVRA. The unique and abrupt blip of emerald green rising from the desert has a mystical feeling to it so be sure to check it out when you are out exploring backcountry roads and washes in this desert area near the Salton Sea and Anza Borrego.

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Official Crew
Visited: 03/19/2019

Came in from the north, easy drive. So unique to see these very healthy palms in the midst of a sandy desert. A small vehicle parked by us as we returned from the short walk up to the palms. An older gentleman immediately strode up and complimented the 4Runner in a very proper English voice. He was quite familiar with the area and offered a constant statticco listing of places we should see interspersed with random adulations about our truck, all delivered in the Queen’s tongue. We were mesmerized. Just my opinion, but the most interesting of characters seem to congregate at remote desert oases.

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