We’ve been camping and offroading in Ocotillo Wells for the past five years, and we love it so much that we normally make the trek at least 2-3 times each season. Camping is FREE and entrance to the state park is FREE! And there are even educational opportunities within the park; learn about the active Gas Domes, visit the geological formations in the Pumpkin Patch, and ponder the oyster shells at Shell Reef while trying to imagine what this desert landscape looked like 4 million years ago. And for my fellow Jeep enthusiasts, the scenic Tierra Del Sol trail is a must-do! Never been to Ocotillo Wells and unsure where to camp? Read on for my favorite camping spots.
Holmes Camp is located on the southern edge of Ocotillo Wells and is the only campsite with running water in the bathrooms. And there are even coin-op showers! Each site has a shade cover, picnic table, fire ring and are RV friendly (but no hookups). The sites are situated right next to each other; if you’re looking for more privacy then Holmes Camp may not be your best bet.
Enter Ocotillo Wells near the Discovery Center and make your way to The Cove for campsites that offer more privacy. Each site has a shade structure, picnic table and fire ring. There are vault toilets; no running water available; no RV hookups.
We’ve also camped at Leapin’ Lizard RV Ranch which is located directly across the street from the southern edge of Ocotillo Wells. We definitely prefer camping within Ocotillo Wells because you can’t beat the desert views, but for campers who like to have full hookups, Leapin’ Lizard is a great spot. It has full hookups, bathrooms with running water and even a little dog park. Sites are $28 per night. (photo from Leapin’ Lizard)
Looking to steal away to Ocotillo Wells just for the day? Make the 4×4 Training Area on the northern edge of the park your destination. There are vault toilets, picnic tables and it’s the shortest drive from the 10 freeway. The Tierra Del Sol trail is accessible from the 4×4 Training Area, and if you’re offroading in an ATV, you can make it around Ocotillo Wells within a day.