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:
- Due to the high number of incidents on
Blow Sand Hill last
season, park officials will begin focused patrols in the area from
October 31 through January 1, 2005 aimed at curbing illegal activity in
that area. Depending on the data that is received and the results of
the focused patrols, the area could be closed on holiday weekend nights
between January 14 and May 31.
- Under the California Code of Regulations
section on camping, the
curfew for juveniles under age 18 is 10 p.m. After 10 p.m. juveniles
may be in the park only if they are camped in legally designated areas
with a parent, guardian or have a permission slip.
- Glass containers will no longer be
allowed on trails. However,
visitors may continue to use glass bottles in camping areas. All
visitors are encouraged to pack out what you carry in or place empty
glass and cans in recycling bins located in the main camping areas and
at the dump station.
- Visitors to the park will find maps,
rules and regulations, as
well as information about park resources and programs at the display
shelters at the main access points to the park. In addition, the
website has been updated.
- A self-guided interpretive route is
available to educate visitors
about the amazing facts and features of Ocotillo Wells. Evening
programs are also conducted
- throughout the park. Visitors can find a
schedule of these events
and other park activities at the new display cases outside each
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 www.parks.ca.gov.
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