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Changes at Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area

Several changes have been made at the popular Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area due to an increase in the number of visitors, California State Park officials announced.

“We hope you have a fun and safe visit to Ocotillo Wells this season,” said Superintendent Kathy Dolinar. “We are asking for our visitors help in continuing to meet our mission. By helping, you ensure future generations will be able to experience the same quality of off-road recreation experience that you currently enjoy.” Dolinar noted that there has been a more than 80 percent increase in visitation since 2001.

The following changes have been instituted, Dolinar said, and visitors should remember to follow them when visiting the park:

Public Safety

Clean Up


Ocotillo Wells SVRA is located adjacent to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. This area has more than 83,000 acres of desert terrain, stretching from below sea level to 400 foot elevations. It is a motorcycle, four-wheel drive, all-terrain vehicle, and dune buggy use area. Access is via Highway 78, about 35 miles east of Julian or about 20 miles west of Highway 86.

For additional information on Ocotillo Wells SVRA, visit the State Parks website at

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