Road Conditions

Dirt Road Conditions

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CAUTION: Always use 4WD and Care after rains and be prepared for flooding. 4WD is advised for all dirt roads in the park unless noted! Road conditions can change at any time! Know and respect your own skill level. Updated 10/10/2023.

 Road Name








Coyote Canyon

          High-clearance, 4x4 necessary in all areas 
 To Desert Garden      X    


 Gates are closed to the middle willows due to damage caused by flash flood events from this winter's storms.


 Desert Garden to Bypass Road  CLOSED        X
 Bypass Road  CLOSED        X
 Collins Valley  CLOSED        X
 Turkey Track Grade  CLOSED        X

 Borrego Badlands

 Rockhouse Canyon

 Font's Point Wash    X    X   Very deep sand in the S-curves, difficult to traverse even with 4x4
 Inspiration Wash    X    X    Sandy entrance
Thimble/Short/Ella Washes    X    X   Sand/large ruts, high clearance
Hills of the Moon Wash    X    X   High clearance, deep soft sand
Palo Verde Wash    X X     Deep soft sand, rocks
Arroyo Salado to 17 Palms    X    X  

Soft sand starting at primitive camp, rocky, high clearance

Coachwhip    X X     Deep soft sand at entrance
Palm Wash    X   X  

Deep sand, washouts to the east, high clearnace

Truckhaven south of S22    X X     High Clearance, rocks, sand

Rockhouse/Butler Canyons

 See Comment  X   X  

2 WD ok first mile, sandy shoulders & rocky, high clearance starting at the

intersection of Rockhouse & Butler

Truckhaven north of S22    X X     Deep and sandy; ONE-WAY (E>W)

Culp Valley; Yaqui Well

Culp Valley Campground    X  X     Road is rutted
Old Culp Valley Road    X    X   High clearance & 4x4 only
Jasper Trail    X   X   High clearance & 4x4 only
Grapevine Canyon    X   X   High clearance & 4x4 only
Yaqui Well    X    X   Soft sand to Yaqui Well
Plum Canyon    X    X   2WD - Stay right at fork
Lizard Wash   X X     High clearance, rocky, sandy
Pinyon Wash   X   X  

Deep soft sand

Nolina Wash   X   X   Sand, sharp rocks
Quartz Vein   X  X     Soft sand
Nude Wash   X X     Soft sand
Mine Wash to Village Site   X  X     Mixture of sand & rocks 
Mine Wash Beyond Village Site   X   X   Soft sand, rocky 

Blair Valley


Blair Valley











2WD OK to Morteros. 4WD high clearance beyond

Pinyon Mountain Road   X   X  

Rough; deep soft sand; high clearance vehicle necessary at the Pinyon Drop Off ("Squeeze") for big rocks; one way travel only

Oriflamme/Rodriquez Canyons   X   X   Ruts, deep sand, rocky

Borrego Buttes & Fish Creek

Buttes Pass Road to The Slot



  X     sand and washboard
Buttes Pass Road to Hawk Canyon   X X     Deep sand near entrance
San Felipe Wash   X   X   Rough, washouts, sandy
Goat Trail   X   X   Ruts, washouts, high clearance
Old Kane Springs Road   X   X   Rough, sandy, rocky
Elephant Tree Trail Road   X X     High clearance, boulders
Fish Creek to Wind Caves Trail   X   X  

Rough, rocks & boulders, sand

Split Mountain to Olla Wash   X   X   Rough, boulders, sand
Lycium Wash   X   X   High clearance
Oyster Shell Wash   X   X    
North Fork Fish Creek   X   X   Closed at Mollusk Wash

Sandstone Canyon

  X    X   Narrow, obey road end
Olla Wash   X X     Soft sand
Blow Sand Canyon   X   X   Very deep sand
Borrego Mountain Wash   X X     Steep drop-off
Borrego Sink Wash   X   X   Soft, deep sand

Bow Willow Area


Arroyo Tapiado /Arroyo Seco del Diablo

  X   X


Soft sand; fresh slides; high clearance vehilce needed for Diablo Drop Off into Fish Creek; One-way only

Vallecito Wash/Palm Spring   X   X  

Soft sand;

Cosed 7.7 miles from S2

Bow Willow Camp    X    X  

Road is sandy

Mountain Palm Springs    X     Sandy before trailhead
Indian Gorge   X   X   Rocky; high clearance
Indian Valley   X X     High clearance
Carrizo Canyon   X   X   Soft sand
Bow Willow Wash Road   X   X   Deep soft sand; Closed~4.7 miles from S2
South Carrizo Creek Road   X   X   Deep soft sand
Canyon Sin Nombre   X   X   Soft sand, rocky
Mortero / Jojoba Washes   X  X     Sandy, rocky; high clearance
 Sweeny Pass    X    X    Deep sand & ruts
Hayden Spring Foot Traffic Only     X  
Carrizo Marsh Area Closed     X Closed by Supterintendent's Order