Fossil Canyon

Coyote Mountains Wilderness Area, California

Elevation Gain1,463ft
Trailhead Elevation723ft
Elevation Min/Max723/1683ft
Elevation Start/End723/723ft

Fossil Canyon

Fossil Canyon is a hiking trail in Imperial County, California. It is within Coyote Mountains Wilderness Area. It is 2.6 miles long and begins at 723 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,463 feet.

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California Desert Byways (Wilderness Press)
Tony Huegel
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"Although short, this drive takes you to a colorful, narrow canyon, and another opportunity to break up a freeway trek with a short and convenient side trip. You can explore (on foot) a fascinating canyon known for the abundant marine fossils in its walls and its 7-million- to 20-million-year-old geologic history. Once driveable, the canyon is now restricted to foot traffic, which for many visitors will make the experience even better."

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Coyote Mountains Wilderness Area
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Coyote Mountains Wilderness Area
BLM’s El Centro Field Office
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