Wind Caves

Ocotillo Wells, California

Wind Caves Professional Review and Guide

"The trip’s excitement begins with the drive up the wash. Progressing upward from the valley floor, the wash approaches the rocky face of Split Mountain, then cuts through the mountain, with hardly any gain in elevation. The trailhead is beyond this narrow spot in the wash. At a little over a half-mile up the trail, the caves come into view. The lower set of these fascinating sandstone formations has smaller alcoves; the caves on the higher level feature more spacious floor plans. There is an extraterrestrial quality about the site, due to both its ethereal appearance and the evidence that early Native Americans made use of these natural shelters. You will want to spend some time exploring the alcoves scattered around at 0.7 mile. The sand and wind-sculptured stoneworks resemble a piece of imaginative architecture or a deserted spaceship with rounded port holes. On your return trip down Split Mountain Road, watch for additional wind cave formations high above the rim on the right (east). A visit to the caves makes you more observant when you scan the horizon in this rugged desert environment."

Wind Caves Reviews

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This is a great short hike. We completed this in about two hours with one of those spent at the caves with my little boys. Even my husband, who doesn't care for hiking, thought this was a great adventure.
A nice hike up to the caves, but the best part of the trip is the drive through Split Mountain..... and the interesting rock formations and layers formed by eons of wind and erosion. We hiked up late in the day to the caves. As the sun sets, the beautiful earth tone colors of the surrounding mountains are quite breathtaking. Trail is steep with quite a few loose rocks, so be careful on the descent.

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Trail Information

Ocotillo Wells
Nearby City
620 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Day hike
Best October to March
Anza - Borrego Desert State Park
Local Contacts
Earthwalk Press Anza-Borrego Region Recreation Map; USGS Carrizo Mountain NE
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jun 2018