Ocotillo Wells svra | Established Campground

United States


10 months ago
53.5 masl


Pit Toilets
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State Park & OHV recreational area (85,000 acres) with some large camping sites and some sites with tables, and sun shade cover. Free. Overnight camping allowed: 30 days per year. Fires to be contained in fire rings.

Decent Verizon coverage in most of the area.


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Stayed here 1 night. It is free and there are showers and toilets. We didn't realize it was presidents day weekend though so it was very loud with fireworks. We would have been better off staying during the week. It is a very cool place if you are into 4x4.

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Got here this morning and met with the Park Ranger. Vault toilets are clean, haven’t checked the showers yet, but they’re .50 cents/2 minutes. They have a covered picnic area and fire pit, which I hope to use this evening. So far it’s been quiet, but sunny and a bit windy.

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Great spot to camp out at - beautiful mountains all around. Sunrise and sunset was beautiful. We had a nice little fire ring, and there was others around. We camped on Christmas and there was a few other rigs. It can be a little loud. People riding OHVs at night too, but not too bad.

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Place is RAD….BUT… we showed up on a Friday late afternoon, there were lots of RV’ers circling around the main canopied area and they all had ATV’s, which they started ripping on at around 7:00 until midnight-ish. Was fun watching them with all the lights, but it kicked up a crapload of dust.. the noise doesn’t bother us but if you’re a light sleeper and not here to ATV it may be hard for you to sleep. lots of people were lighting off fireworks too which made our dogs have lengthy panic attacks.

Midweek sounds like the way to play it though! Beautiful sunset and sunrises!

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Excellent overnight for us on our journey. it as dark when we arrived (daylight would have helped) but we found a place easily not far in. Lots of space to choose from. The outhouses were sparkling clean. It was so quiet! We travel with our cat who was grateful for all the space to roam through the night. We didn't need the showers but are assuming they were equally clean.
The road in from #78 was paved, but uneven so we had to slow down. It was still worth the drive for a quiet peaceful rest. We will stay here again.

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Best free camping I've come across in this country. Picnic tables, bathrooms, and lots of space. The amount of dirt bikes, OHVs, etc is mind boggling, but it doesn't bother me. Stayed for 3 days, just what I needed to get some computer work done (though as someone else pointed out, Internet slowed waay down Saturday night.

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Watch out of for nails and screws (why??) and broken glass around campsites. Surprisingly clean bathrooms and solid 2-3 bars of T-Mobile but can get overutilized (30Mbps up and down when I arrived early on Friday and down to 1.5Mbps on Saturday night). Showers still clean, as hot as you want, and $0.50/2min.

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Great spot about 20 miles from Borrego Springs in Anza Borrego State Park. The showers are clean and have hot water. It’s 50 cents for the first 2 minutes and 25 for additional minutes. There are camp spots with picnic tables and pit toilets closer to where you camp, amazing place to camp!

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Surprisingly quiet stay, although it is midweek in early March.

Ramadas, pit toilets, even a garbage drop-off area. Still free!

Be aware that the ramadas are scattered almost randomly and it's hard to see "roads" anywhere, so best to arrive during daylight.

Stay out of the ramadas in the wash at the end of the campground if you don't want to be constantly covered in the dust of passing side-by-sides.

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Fantastic place. Shelters, picnic tables, restrooms, showers. It is free totally flat easy to get to. 2 to 3 bars of AT&T service. My shower took 2 quarters for two minutes. Other than a few dirt bikes I had the entire area to myself.

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Second time I stayed here. Great and in the night quiet. Clean toilets and showers. Free camping!

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Never have so much wind in five month of travel. If you have a tent, on advise, run!
Except that, really nice place with clean shower and restroom.
I was alone until 8am the next morning, guys who where cleaning the place.

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Arrived at 5.30 - lots of noisy dirt bikes but hopefully will be quieter later! Slightly desolate flat sandy camping but nice views of distant hills. On plus side, it has clean bathrooms with flush toilets and piping hot showers - 25c per minute - tables with shade and fire rings and it is near the road with good 2wd access

Never got quieter -. Loud music and buggies driving late at night. Packed up and went to Grapevine Canyon - use for a shower and move on!

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You can camp here for 30 days within any calendar year. It can be noisy at night due to loud music and dirt bikes. On two of our three stays here, the nights were peaceful and the stars were brilliant. The other time, we were woken up by dirt bikes and loud music. We take the chance because the setting is so beautiful, there are flush toilets, and coin op showers. For a more peaceful location, check out Hawk Canyon in Anza Borrego State Park or Clark Dry Lake which is just outside of Borrego Springs.

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Great place with a lot a space for rvs. We drove much further after the place entrance and we were alone in a very nice spot with great view over the mountain and desert. Would definitely come back here !

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So allready said it is a Very good place. I stood just after the toilet and showers and get the WiFi from the office.

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The GPS coordinates provided here are in the middle of Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area but not at the developed campground., which is about 1 mile west.
However, camping is allowed in most areas of the park for 30 days per calendar year. No permit, pass, or sticker required. No reservations, no fee. See park maps (available at Discovery Center) for restricted areas.

The area is subject to flash floods. So be aware of weather forecast.

We came in late and stayed on the big place close to restrooms and showers. The GPS coordinates are:
N 33 9 259
W 116 10 011

Warm showers available for everyone. $ 0.25/1 minute.

Free WiFi only available in the area of the Discovery Center.

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large camping area with tables, sun shade cover and even wifi. all free!

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