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Ocotillo Wells Closing? Don't Let it Happen!

Apr 11 2007 / Wednesday

Save Ocotillo Wells


The San Diego Off-Road Coalition needs all off-roaders to act now. There is grave danger to one of our favorite riding areas.

The Federal Bureau of Land Management wants to lease 14,731 acres of prime off-road land to companies to build geothermal energy plants. Over 80% of the land is inside the Ocotillo Wells SVRA. The remaining acres are just east of Pole Line road and have traditionally been enjoyed for off-roading.

Part of this is the area where the etnies rig always parks, where countless video parts and photos have been shot for your favorite videos and mags, and where events like Red Bull Ride to the Hills and the etnies Two Wheel Tour have taken place. All that could be a thing of the past if this goes through....

It is critical that off-road enthusiasts send their WRITTEN COMMENTS to the BLM to oppose this project.

Also, read this Cycle News article on the subject.

If you value OCOTILLO WELLS you need to take the time to mail a comment and get ALL YOUR FRIENDS to do the same.

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The San Diego Off-Road Magazine has excellent guidelines for action. Written comments mailed have the most effect, so sit down, write and send your comments today. Written comments are being taken until April 30.

Bureau of Land Management
California Desert District Office
Attn: John Dalton
22835 Calle San Juan De Los Lagos
Moreno Valley, CA 92553


email comments to John_Dalton (at) ca.blm.gov

Send cc to editor (at) sandiegooffroad.com

Remember, be respectful.

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28 Comments Ocotillo Wells Closing? Don't Let it Happen!

  1. The fear that Ocotillo Wells will be closed by developing the Truckhaven geothermal project is unfounded.

    Don't take my word for it - read the EIS yourself:


    The "14,731 acres of prime off-road land" would be leased mostly for its geothermal rights, which are to access what is underground, not on the surface. Most of the surface will be left alone.

    If you read the environmental impact statement report, it says that at most, 500 acres from the mixed private-public lands will be lost.

    Geothermal uses wells, not open pit mining, to "mine" the underground heat, so just a small portion of the lease is needed to accomplish this.

    In this case, the small portion is 340 of the 500 total acres. These will be devoted to 25 production-injection well pairs and their associated pipelines. The rest is for the two power plants, roads. and power lines.

    Bear in mind, when you write your "respectful" letters to John Dalton, that he and his stafff will know how much land will really be lost to recreation, because it was his office that prepared the environmental report.

    So, if you really want to make an impact on him, base it on the facts, not on the fiction that Ocotillo Wells will be shut down.

    If you want to complain, make it about the 500 acres, not the 14,731 you think will be lost, but mostly won't.

    Artur Rose
    Posted: 7 years ago,
  2. Obviously all of Ocotillo Wells wont be closed. Looking at the pdf map in the link in my name--are the 500 acres you're talking about the parcels marked in purple and green? I assume that's it.

    This is all in the camping area just off the 78 at Pole Line Road, and in the mud hills to the East out to Gas Dome--some of the best riding area in the world. Even if it wasn't closed completely, who wants the construction traffic and whatever else that will be added if this happens.

    Any letter sent can only help. Thanks for the added info, though.

    Posted: 7 years ago,
  3. Re: "Obviously all of Ocotillo Wells wont be closed," I've got to think that when the posting on this page is titled, "Ocotillo Wells Closing?", it's a fair bet that the author thinks the whole of the OHV area is to be closed to use. I just wanted to clarify the facts.

    As far as the map you intended me to see, you pointed to the entire DEIS, not to a specific map. I think you probably meant Figure 1-3, on page 34 (see also the map in Figure 3.6 on page 106 for the layout of the recreational uses).

    On Figure 1-3, no, the purple (mauve?) areas define the Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area (OWSVRA in the legend at the bottom right of the map). The green (turquoise?) ones are state lands (again, see the legend).

    Most of the squares on these maps, which are called "sections," occupy 640 acres, and are about 1 mile on a side.

    So, the area that would be lost, if put into one place, would fit inside one of these squares, and leave about 20 percent unfilled. It is far, far less that the area in the green and purple squres.

    Artur Rose
    Posted: 7 years ago,
  4. noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo thats so gay dont let it happen

    Posted: 7 years ago,
  5. that is very gay i will shoot who had that idea if i can find them

    Jack Smith
    Posted: 7 years ago,
  6. Its one of the best parts of the "ocotillo wells" riding area. I've been goin out there since I was 3, and I'm 25 now. Closing that part would mean no more gas domes, no more play ground, and no more tight canyons and awsome terrain. F#(K the BLM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

    Posted: 7 years ago,
  7. I love ocitillo wells it rocks ! But to see it leave is sad ive been going there my whole life since i was a kid. I think taking away ocitillo wells would break alot of peoples hearts. Hopefully they dont close ocitillo!!!!!

    melissa s.
    Posted: 7 years ago,
  8. Ocotillo wells is the best place to ride. I am piss off to hear that it might close. I have being going since my grandpa taught me how to ride a dirtbike and it brings back alot of memories. i hope those bastards rot in hell!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Aisha B.
    Posted: 7 years ago,
  9. I love Ocotillo Wells! Such good memories there! Don't let this happen! Alternative 1!!!!

    Posted: 7 years ago,
  10. i love ocitillo Wells! Its the closest place to my house to ride and other peoples. Taking away ocitillo is like taking away peoples dreams of being a Pro-dirtbike rider or a quad rider. And also taking away ocitillo is like taking away things of life. I would like to be able to tell my kids that this is were i learned how to ride my dirtbike. And i would like to show my kids how to ride in ocitillo also,when im older. Im sure other people would like to do that to.

    Posted: 7 years ago,
  11. Ocotillo Wells is one of the greatest place to ride. And for them to close is such a bitch.Fuck the people who contribute to close ocotillo wells, i have been going since i was 5 years old and i would like to continue riding there until i'm old.It brings back lots of memories.

    Lauren Smith
    Posted: 7 years ago,
  12. Hey Guys and Gals, Look the BLM has been trying to close the desert for years, saying that we destroy the natures of the desert. We have two wonderfull oganizations called ORBA and ASA. They represent us in court, fighting the BLM and tree huggers. We need to do our part buy donating to these organization, even if it's twenty dollars! What ever you can afford! They really put this money to great use! Also help to keep our deserts clean, buy picking up our trash and puting it in the trash dumpsters provided but the US forestry. If every one does there part, We will have our deserts to enjoy for years to come.

    Dave Chrisman
    Posted: 7 years ago,
  13. fuk the builders go make your damn power crap somewhere else we dont wanna all we wanna do is ride for sure everdasy ! and how can we be destory you nature and the hills by riding the hills and ground ? its a freaking desert that we call our 2nd home !!!!!

    carlos #151
    Posted: 7 years ago,
  14. Thats place is soo awesome and theres many memories out there for me!! Thats my favorite place to ride!! Forget about power live in your trailer!!! STUPID PPL GO COMEWHERE ELSE!!!!!

    Posted: 7 years ago,
  15. ocotillo wells is the best place to ride and allways will.

    Posted: 7 years ago,
  16. hey this is dumb ......why do this gay thing to to ocotillo wells when it bring the family together to have some fun under the camp fire......also the best thing is to go riding ............what the f**k

    Posted: 7 years ago,
  17. this sucks i have been riding there since i was heree years old and i love it there it is like another home
    if they do this i will cry

    Posted: 7 years ago,
  18. this is so stupid i hate it i have been riding since i was like two years old. we cant let these retarted people do this=(

    Posted: 7 years ago,
  19. this sucks they cant just boot like 1 million people out of ocotillo wells how stupid

    Posted: 7 years ago,
  20. these guys suck for closing ocotillo

    Posted: 7 years ago,
  21. THESE PPL SUCK I LOVE DIRT BIKE RIDING .... this rly suxs balls o ya his is mckenna's friend TOBY lol ROTFL ok im done

    Posted: 7 years ago,
  22. thisis really horribal

    Posted: 7 years ago,
  23. i hate this

    Posted: 7 years ago,
  24. Its the best in the world to ride at

    Posted: 7 years ago,
  25. Listen guys & gals, dont you read the post before you comment. OCOTILLO WELLS IS NOT CLOSING, ONLY 500 ACRES OUT OF 40,000 ACRES. Everyone is so quick to jump to conclusions, TAKE A MINUTE AND READ THE PLAN.... Ocotillo Wells is not ging anywhere.

    Posted: 7 years ago,
  26. that is too muh acres to leave out
    the people who thought of this are obisly gay
    this is so important to all familys when they want to spend time togeather
    some people actually like going to the desert
    most of the places there like to be visited by the people
    like the pumpkin patch, shell reff, and a ton of other place

    the whole reason people go down there is because THEY LIKE TO RIDE DIRTBIKES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    if you dont like what is happing dont be afraid post a comment about your fellings

    Mckenna And Ashley
    Posted: 7 years ago,
  27. Not much left to do in California, I'll bet Diane Feinstein or Barbara Boxer have never even been to The Desert In California, It's funny how we pay their salary, but keep losing places to ride, The bureaucrats and tree huggers won't be happy till we all ride in little riding parks like motocross tracks. I'm moving to Nevada or Arizona.

    Paul Boulanger
    Posted: 7 years ago,
  28. some of the greatest riding areas in the world are in california and now theyre being closed down.. one by one slowly..
    if they see the first few are working out well..
    then theyre gonna try and close down more and more..
    so the offroad community needs to put a stop to it.

    megan g
    Posted: 7 years ago,

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