Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Saturday, March 27, 2021
For the most part Route S2 follows the old Butterfield Stage Route along the western edge of the park. It’s about 35 miles long with many opportunities to hike or explore the intersecting dirt roads. We stayed on the paved road for a scenic drive through varying terrain with nice boondocking spots at the beginning and end.Badlands 32.827, -116.16566
Although we didn’t camp at Blair Valley we did stop to check out the free camping. Camping is restricted to an area close to the entrance and along the dirt roads on either side of the dry lake bed. No camping on the lake bed itself. We drove a short distance along the road by the base of the hills where the campsites were close to the road and busy. The road goes for a couple of miles so camping may be better farther in. The road is rough in spots. Blair Valley 33.03827, -116.40908Pacific Crest Trailhead 33.10185, -116.47478
Thursday, March 25, 2021
This is one of the few places in El Centro that isn’t flat. Small hills were created with the soil that was removed to construct the pond. They’re not steep but some wheelchair users may need assistance.