Yuha Desert

The Yuha Desert is an isolated area on the Western edge of the County. The Yuha Desert was once home to indians that traveled from the desert to the mountains in Eastern San Diego County. The Imperial Valley College Museum has many artifacts on display that recreate how these people lived. This area of the desert has many colorful washes and is a rock hound's heaven. Authentic and rare geoglyphs are found in this area as are many intact seashells (Please do not take them). This part of the desert also has many beautiful ocotillo bushes (pictured). These bushes bloom in the spring and brighten the desert with small green leaves and large vibrant orange flowers. Yuha Desert (Ocotillo Bush)

The Yuha Desert is now a limited use off-road area . This desert is accessible by driving to Ocotillo, CA and entering one of the BLM trails on either side of Interstate 8. Access roads are also located on Highway 98, Old Highway 80, and at the Dunaway exit on Interstate 8. The Anza trail runs through this part of the desert and offers some special early morning views.

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Last update: January 19, 1997
Photo Courtesy of Jim and Heidi Kuhn