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April 05, 2021

Ocotillo Wells - OHV

Adjacent to north east side Anza Borrego State Park is the Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area.  A very popular California State Park for Off Highway Vehicles.

I know most folks boondock far away from OHV areas.  But during the week there is little activity here.  And yes we have a quad that needs some exercise.

Our quad is a work unit, it is not an adrenalin rush to ride.  However it does allow for exploring in the areas where OHV riding is allowed.  Fran rides too.

We’re getting ready for a trip to San Felipe, where the quad is used with its trailer for real work at the Beach House.

It has been over a year since the motor was even started! and I wanted to run the tank dry before running some fresh gas through it.

Many of the campsites have palapa-styled shade structures and a picnic table. 

We usually find a palapa on Main Street on the west side.  It is closer to the Ranger Station and the showers, with fewer of the Adrenalin Junkies.

In Mexico we often ride double, but in the OHV that is not allowed.  So one of us is left behind to take care of the campsite.

On one of my rides an Osprey was doing Touch-n-Go practice at the airport.

The approach

The landing

Letting the dust settle

The takeoff

In the year that the park was Covid-Closed new trail signs and markers have been installed.


We had an early start on Friday to head into Borrego Springs for the Farmers Market.

The trailhead to Little Surprise Canyon uses the same parking area as Hell Hole Canyon and Maidenhair Falls.  My only sighting of the elusive Ghost Flower was in Little Surprise Canyon.  And Surprise!, an Iron Ranger has been installed in the parking area.

I’ll close this post with a few pictures taken from a walk through the Desert Garden, where there are some flowers in bloom.


Brittle Bush

Orchid Tree

The Covid Pandemic has closed the border for most of last year.  Making a 'Shrimp Run' was not considered essential travel.  Now that the border crossings are again open I hope there'll be shrimp available.


  1. Great to hear from you. Shrimp runs.....oooooh. Not much better than fresh Mexican Shrimp.

    1. Thanks Suzi. There's measly 5 kilo limit on shrimp, but that should hold us for awhile :)

  2. The atvs look like a good time! Did I hear shrimp?

    1. It’s a big desert and out ATV helps bring the destinations within reach.
      Oh yes shrimp!!!

  3. I prefer the no-go-fast ATV idea for getting to those back road places. Glad you can finally make a shrimp run.

    1. Our little ATV is more like a farm vehicle, but it still gets to the back roads ... not as fast and a lot quieter - and with the trailer I can take all the gear needed.
      Looking forward to San Felipe.

  4. Nice pictures, especially of the plane landing. We look forward to seeing future pics of San Felipe and all of the shrimp you catch.

  5. Thanks Jeff! We'll be in San Felipe chasing the shrimp or a couple weeks. looking forward to some quiet off-grid beach time.


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