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 6/10/2023.

 Road Name








Coyote Canyon

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


 Seasonal gates are closed at Middle Willows.


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

 Borrego Badlands

 Rockhouse Canyon

 Font's Point Wash    X    X    Deep sand; ruts; - stay on road - High clearance
 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; use caution!
Palo Verde Wash    X X     Deep soft sand, Rocks
Arroyo Salado to 17 Palms    X    X  

Soft sand at primitive camp and beyond; road is rocky; high clearance

Coachwhip    X X     Deep soft sandy at entrance area
Palm Wash    X   X  

Deep sand in all areas of wash. Washouts to the east

– high clearnace

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

Rockhouse/Butler Canyons

   X   X  

2 WD ok first mile, sandy shoulders and rocks. High clearance starting at the

intersection of Rockhouse and Butler

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

Culp Valley; Yaqui Well

Culp Valley Campground    X  x     Road in good condition
Old Culp Valley Road    X X     High Clearance
Jasper Trail    X   X   High Clearance
Grapevine Canyon    X   X   High Clearance
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 and sandy
Pinyon Wash   X   X  

Deep soft sand

Nolina Wash   X   X   Sand, sharp rocks
Quartz Vein   X  X     Some soft sand
Nude Wash   X X     Soft sand
Mine Wash to Village Site   X   X   Use caution: sand, rocks
Mine Wash Beyond Village Site   X   X   Soft sand, rocky 

Blair Valley


Blair Valley











2WD OK to Morteros. 4WD High Clearance, short wheel base to Pictographs Trail.

Pinyon Mountain Road   X   X  

Rough; deep soft sand. High clearnace at the Pinyon Drop Off 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 X     2WD; stay on road
Buttes Pass Road to Hawk Canyon   X X     Sandy
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, soft sand; high clearance

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

Bow Willow Area


Arroyo Tapiado /Arroyo Seco del Diablo

  X   X


Soft sand; fresh slides. High clearance vehicles needed for Diablo Drop Off.

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   Soft sand, rocky, high clearance
Carrizo Marsh AreaClosed     X Closed by Superintendent's Order - Foot travel only