RC Truck Off-Road Course

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This pic shows just one of the obstacles at the RC truck off-road course just to the left of the Discovery Center at Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA).  I’m not sure who was having the most fun, the kids or the adults!!

Links:   Ocotillo Wells SVRA     previous related post

Discovery Center at Ocotillo Wells SVRA

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The Discovery Center at Ocotillo Wells SVRA is a great source of information about what’s available in the park, the applicable regulations, maps of the area, etc.  I was impressed by the displays of native animals and most surprised by the badger seen in this pic.  I was not aware that badgers lived in the desert!  The Center also has a balloon tired wheel chair available for loan so everyone can get out and enjoy the desert.

Links:  Ocotillo Wells SVRA

Desert Cleanup

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In my last post I discussed attending the American Adventurist Desert Rendezvous 2017 in Ocotillo Wells.  A major part of that event was a cleanup of the desert landscape around where we were camped.  All attendees fanned out across the desert with garbage bags in hand and picked up anything that shouldn’t have been there.  The most interesting find was a large gun safe which had been drilled twice but was still locked!

Links:  previous related post

Desert Rendezvous 2017

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I spent the past weekend at the American Adventurist Desert Rendezvous 2017 which was held in Ocotillo Wells on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land close to the Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area.  A great time was had by the 125+ participants as they made new friends, learned new skills, inspected each other’s rigs, went on trail rides and just enjoyed being out in the desert.  This pic shows three vehicles that were parked close to me.  Love the Ursa Minor top on the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon in the foreground.

 

 

Ocotillo Wells Vehicular Recreation Area

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If desert riding is your thing, look no further than Ocotillo Wells Vehicular Recreation Area which is adjacent to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.  It offers 85,000 acres of varied terrain to explore on two or four wheels.  Open camping is available throughout the park and no fees are collected for camping or day use.  But ya gotta love dirt!!!

Links:   CA Parks      previous related post

 

Hawk Canyon

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A beautiful place for primitive camping is Hawk Canyon in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.  The sandstone cliffs are salmon colored and an unusual shade of green, and were once part of a ancient marine environment.   Not far to the west is The Slot, an interesting slot canyon, and subject of an earlier post.

Links:   San Diego Union-Tribune     The Slot post