The Painted Gorge, located in the Coyote Mountains of the Southern California Desert, consists of metamorphic, sedimentary and ingenious rocks colored by the weathering of rocks containing copper, sulfur and iron deposits. Reds, purples, oranges and mauves mixed with coffee tones and blacks create a rainbow of color as the sun illuminates and casts shadows across this geologic gem. The upper end of the gorge contains ancient marine coral reefs with fossilized marine life deposited during the Great Flood. The best time to explore the area is fall through spring when temperatures are mild and lower sun angles offer the best light for photography. The vehicle access gate at the entrance to Painted Gorge is locked January 1st through June 30th for bighorn mountain sheep lambing season. Foot access is allowed year around. The area is maintained by the BLM and boondocking is allowed. Primitive camping and staging for OHV (Off highway vehicle) day use can be found east of the gorge entrance at N32 48.873 W115 58.395 The junction of Painted Gorge Road and Route S80 is located at: N32 45.757 W 115 55.891
BLM instructions to Painted Canyon are as follows: To access Painted Gorge, proceed approximately 22 miles west of El Centro on County Route S80; turn north on Painted Gorge Road. The road eventually becomes BLM Route EC236. From Ocotillo proceed east on County Route S80, turn north on Painted Gorge Road.
Boondocking on the Creator’s palette, just another colorful adventure in RVing!
Boondocking at the Entrance of Painted Gorge
The “Road” up the Gorge
Exploring the Gorge via ATV