Christmas in Ocotillo Wells

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by Jeff aka BOLT, Nov 10, 2012.

  1. Jeff aka BOLT

    Jeff aka BOLT Prefer Saturdays

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    We are strting to get the winter chill in the high desert... so for Christmas Holiday we head to Ocotillo Wells.

    Camping just east of county line. Riding mostly outside the park... Badlands canyons and ridges... Superstition run... Plated ride through state park canyons too... should be some fun less traveled stuff.

    Post up if interested.

    We'll be there Dec 26 to 31.

    More details: http://ridersonline.org/2012/smf/index.php?topic=20.0
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  2. Jeff aka BOLT

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    Beautiful Skys
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    Donnie rode too close to the mud and got snatched by quicksand
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    Luckily he had a pressure washer back at camp
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    Christmas trees are better than sobe bombs... and legal !
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    Bring your Christmas lights
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    Plenty of fun riding
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  3. mototifosi

    mototifosi What does this one do?

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    Live South Bay (San Jose) and would be interested. I clicked on your other link but didn't find any detail.
    Questions for you:

    Anyone going down from this area? Sounds like you all have rigs or campers yes? Any room on a trailer? Will you be staying in a campground or? If so, is there a motel fairly close to your base camp? How long are the day rides miles wise? Have a WR250R with stock tank, 2 gal + 1 gal Roto. Maybe 135 miles if floggin the bajeezus out of it.

    Thanks in advance!
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  4. cbig

    cbig Rift- Raft, SCooter Trash

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    Usually we camp off Holly Rd side. We've got rzrs and the slot canyons are a lot of fun. Try to look you up.

    Cb
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  5. Burmshot

    Burmshot Born to ride

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    It's pretty said when somebody posts a ride on ADV and then wants you to go to his personal ride site to find out the details. That sounds like a troll looking for members for his own ride site. That's pretty said that you are trying to steal guy;s from ADV and other ride sites to join your ride site. I've been to your site it sucks nobody there to talk to and you have the most posts on it. Have a little class buddy and respect the ADV site.

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  6. Jeff aka BOLT

    Jeff aka BOLT Prefer Saturdays

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    Sounds like you have all the bike you need. Day rides are typically 60 to 100 miles. I don;t know anyone from your way that has extra room for hauling anyone. I'll post it on our site to see what pops up. We dry camp in the open areas. Outhouse bathrooms aren't too far away. Never rented a room out there so can't be a help on that front.
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  7. Jeff aka BOLT

    Jeff aka BOLT Prefer Saturdays

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    We like it up there too. We usually hit both sides of the park a few times each year. :lol3
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  8. Kali Trailrider

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    We will be out there Dec 29- New Years day.

    We usually camp in the area around the Blu-inn.
    Also have talked to Cbig about hooking up.
    We will keep an eye out for you guys.

    We are also running plated bikes and will be riding mostly outside the OHV park.
    Although the kids will be riding in the dirt for the first time this year!!
    So we will do a little of everything I guess.

    CRF50 with training wheels. :lol3
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  9. Kali Trailrider

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    If you are still planning on coming down. Maybe renting a trailer could be an option for you.
    Plus it would save you from hauling it all the way down from where you live.

    Luv-2-camp will deliver a trailer to Ocotillo Wells all set up and ready to use.
    But you should get a reservation ASAP.

    http://www.luv2camp.com/SanDiegoTrailerRentals.html
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    cbig Rift- Raft, SCooter Trash

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    I'm headed to Borrego on the 15 or 16th for a few days. Tentatively plan to return after Xmas. We usually stay at the Holly Rd. side . Better for rzrs and easier in and out for my sized rig. (40 ft diesel funmover-heavy for any sand.)
    Will get in touch b4 then. Earlier trip will be childless to decompress. If ur out rolling around then, look me up if interested..

    CB
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  11. mototifosi

    mototifosi What does this one do?

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    What a great idea! Thanks for the suggestion. I had no idea someone did that. Seems quite reasonable as well. Anyone used them before? Feedback?
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  12. cbig

    cbig Rift- Raft, SCooter Trash

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    Have done it in Mammoth. Bring pine-sol :D
    Also used to be an outfit called "gettin wet gettin dirty" did same thing. There's a lot of sand down there but I hear people have done it with those 250's..

    You could have quite an adventure if you hit this then Randsburg/Jawbone or some such!
    There's a motel in Salton Sea, one at the Leaping Lizard (or is it the Iron Door? I always forget) which is much closer than Sslton Sea. Borrego also has motels and Ocotillo Wells park itself has restrooms and shower facilities.

    My best advice if you haven't ridden here is hook up with people for sure going when you are. Myself, I am kind of flexible. I know for sure I will be there the 16th. After Xmas dates are fluid and my wife and friends are trying to pull me to Johnson Valley.

    Ocotillo is an open ride area. The surrounding Borrego park has some nice scenery and I prefer to ride if bcoz this time of year Ocotillo is crowded. Desert. Camp where you like.
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    The crowds are what make it fun!
    The weather is almost always perfect.

    Last year the fireworks out there were better than the 4th of July.
    No joke the desert was all lit up for about an hour around and after Mid night.

    We all had a great time burning christmas trees and some other crazy shit.

    Watching people take runs at shell reef and devils slide.
    Always entertaining.

    I will have the littles ones geared up and riding dirt for the first time this year!
    I may be even more excited about it then they are.
    But they are pretty stoked!!

    Most of the places I like to ride you dont see alot of people.
    But the ohv area can be very busy. But it makes it fun to see everyone having fun.
    This year is going to be great!!
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  14. Jeff aka BOLT

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    Most of my riding I won't see too many people. But you gotta see a little bit of everything. Plenty to do there ! :thumb
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    Be there late dec 30 thru Jan 2.
    Look for a xr650 and g450x BMW bike camped @ fish creek- plan to ride to Agua Caliente HS for a day trip and soak on 31st. Also will be monitoring local freq on ham radio( 440's)- tapped into the Santa Rosa repeaters....:deal
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  16. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    Dood, you need to get a clue. ADV is a world wide forum, but there are lots of other spin off groups and sites where events and ride details get planned.

    Anyway...enough of that BS. BTW, I think you meant 'sad', not said. :1drink


    We are likely to be out there with Jerry. Have made a few trips out there and it's good desert riding. We bring an RV as well, and the three pomeranians. My kid is 18 and rides with us too.

    Does anyone go ride Bradshaw Trail from there? Or do you all go west and up in the mountains instead of east?
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  17. Kali Trailrider

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    Chris weather looks to be sunny and in the mid 60's.
    Possible rain Thursday and then we have a slight warming trend hopefully into the low 70's by the 1st.

    Bradshaw trail would be a ride for a different time and camp out of a different place.
    Like that glamis RV park. Bradshaw trail is just too far from Ocotillo it is on the other side of the Salton Sea.
    Maybe we could do a trip this coming spring. But dont worry We will have plenty to explore in Ocotillo.

    Jeff we will roll by your site to say Hi maybe even do a ride. We are camping close to where you will be at.
    We have a big group of about eight rigs and about twenty people. Families, kids and some really good riders.

    We will be riding Superstition - fish creek - grapevine/ culp valley - font's point/ milpas view point - slot canyon.
    In other words all the cool stuff. :thumb
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    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    Yeah, it's probly 75 miles of road to get to the other side of Salton Sea, I didn't look at a map.

    I have only been to Ocotillo on a greesticker bike, so having a plate will be interesting. Keep in mind I'll be riding the pig dualsport, Nick will have the litebike. :deal My KTM got sold. :cry
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  19. Kali Trailrider

    Kali Trailrider PLATED X2

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    As long as you are plated you are good!
    it opens up areas that are legal to ride other then the OHV area.

    Honestly the OHV area is the wasteland of the Anza borrego desert and the rest of the desert is a wonder to see and explore. Having a street legal vehicle opens up the true borrego desert!!
    I use the term "street legal" loosely. I will be rolling my 2010 450 XC-W and yes it is street legal. :lol3

    Anything that gets too gnarly you can just sit back and watch us hit things and maybe take some pictures!
    The trails out there are doable on most any bike riding from place to place.
    but there are also some technical spots and some big air opportunities. :clap
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  20. Jeff aka BOLT

    Jeff aka BOLT Prefer Saturdays

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    You and I like the same stuff. Where is your group gonna be ? When do you arrive ? Like to come by and see what your ride schedule looks like and maybe do a day with you guys. Then I am heading to JV on Sunday (30) to do some riding with Catfish and Perry.

    We love Bradshaw too. Have a trip scheduled in the new year. I am going to dry camp this time on the east end so we have gas out there. Some of our group will be at Cals KOA... some with me. Should be a great trip.
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