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455 Wake Ave
El Centro, CA 92243
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(760) 352-6620

Attractions

El Centro's most notable attractions are its natural ones. The eerie Crucifixion Thorn Natural Area, the fossils left in dry lake beds, the mud pots bubbling along the road - these all as much a part of El Centro as its cultural heritage. After exploring canyon walls and mountain slopes awash with color, take in some of El Centro's historic buildings like Salvation Mountain's old army post and the old post office, or attend a show in one of El Centro's theaters.

Bucklin Park

1350 S 8th St, El Centro, CA 92243

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Popular park for jogging, walking the dog, BBQ's or just relaxing. It also has a play area for smaller children.

Click here for a list of parks in El Centro

Imperial Sand Dunes

1661 South Fourth Street
El Centro, CA 92243

The Imperial Sand Dunes are a 40-mile long dune system. They are one of the largest in the United States. Formed by windblown beach sands of ancient Lake Cahuilla, some crests reach heights of over 300 feet. These expansive dune formations offer picturesque scenery, opportunities for solitude, a chance to view rare plants and animals, and a playground for OHVs.

The BLM manages portions of the dunes system for different uses. The portion of the dunes south of California State Route 78, is a popular OHV recreation area. Two BLM campgrounds along paved Gecko Road provide hard surface parking, vault toilets, and trash facilities. The Cahuilla Ranger Station, located on Gecko Road, is open weekends during the winter season (October-May). Other portions of the Imperial Sand Dunes include Mammoth Wash (north of Algodones Dunes Wilderness) and Buttercup Valley (south of Interstate 8).

Crucifixion Thorn Natural Area

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The Crucifixion Thorn plant grows in great profusion here.

Algodones Dunes Wilderness

Bureau of Land Management
El Centro Field Office
1661 S. 4th Street
El Centro, CA 92243

Location : Sonoran Desert, Imperial County, California

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The North Algodones Dunes Wilderness encompasses more than 26,000 acres. Other specially designated areas found within this wilderness include the Imperial Sand Hills National Natural Landmark and the Algodones Outstanding Natural Area.

The Wilderness is divided into two distinct zones. On the west side are the primary dunes, the largest and tallest dunes composed of relatively coarse sand. On the east are the secondary dunes, smaller and composed of generally finer sands carried further east by prevailing winds.

A parking area with access to the wilderness site is a perfect place to discover a vareity of plant and animal species. Visitors are welcome to walk or ride horses in this remote area. The wilderness is closed to all vehicles and mechanized use.

Coyote Mountains Wilderness

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The Coyote Mountains Wilderness now contains a total of 18,630 acres and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. All of the Wilderness is in the state of California. In 1994 the Coyote Mountains Wilderness became part of the now over 109 million acre National Wilderness Preservation System. In wilderness, you can enjoy challenging recreational activities and extraordinary opportunities for solitude. In an age of "...increasing population, accompanied by expanding settlement and growing mechanization,..." you play an important role in helping to "...secure for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness" as called for by Congress in the Wilderness Act of 1964 . Please follow the regulations in place for this area, and use Leave No Trace techniques when visiting to ensure protection of its unique natural and experiential qualities.

How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply.

Leave No Trace principles:

  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors

Regulations:
Motorized equipment and equipment used for mechanical transport are generally prohibited on all federal lands designated as wilderness. This includes the use of motor vehicles (including OHVs), motorboats, motorized equipment, bicycles, hang gliders, wagons, carts, portage wheels, and the landing of aircraft including helicopters, unless provided for in specific legislation. In a few areas some exceptions allowing the use of motorized equipment or mechanical transport are described in the special regulations in effect for a specific area. Contact the agency for more information about regulations.

Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association

652 Palm Canyon Dr, Borrego Springs, CA 92004 (760) 767-3052

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The Anza-Borrego Desert is a land of many faces , where the twists and turns of each canyon reveal a unique charm and beauty. From the colorful Borrego badlands east of Borrego Springs to the forested slopes of the Laguna mountains, and the desert wildflower blooms that follow the rains of winter, diverse plants and animals have adapted to many different life zones. The desert is a harsh land , but life is everywhere.

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is home to the largest desert state park in the United States, offering outstanding desert hiking and camping , biking , desert flowers and plants , birding , reptiles and amphibians , and fascinating geology and photography , along with the warm sunshine of Borrego Springs on a winter's day. And in the evening, there are the stars of the desert night sky. Borrego Springs is an international dark sky community.

The Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association (ABDNHA) is a community based non-profit 501(c)3 educational organization, located in Borrego Springs. We offer desert hikes, lectures on history, geology, astronomy, 4WD trips, tours, birding field trips , programs for school children, all totaling approximately 150 educational programs each year.

Alford's Antique Car Museum

599 E. Main Street
El Centro, CA 92243

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Welcome to the Alford Distributing Company family collection of antique cars. The collection is predominately American-Made cars such as Fords and Franklins. Imperial Valley memorabilia enhance the museum, which was started with the purchase of a Model “A” Ford for $5.00 many years ago. The original Model “A” Ford Rich Alford bought when he was in high school is included in the exhibit outside.

The cars you see in the museum are all in running condition and have been restored from the ground up to their original state. Most of them are taken out for use in local parades, community events and promotional activities. If you start your tour on the far left, you will find the museum is arranged in “Era Galleries” from the 1910's to the 1950's. As we always say, “It's a work in progress”.

 

The Old Post Office Pavilion

230 South Fifth Street
El Centro, CA
760-337-1777

Historical site.

Border Tactical Indoor Range

925 N Imperial Ave, El Centro, CA 92243

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Border Tactical is an indoor shooting range, open to the public.

We provide a safe, comfortable, enjoyable place to shoot. We are located at 925 North Imperial Avenue, next to Big 5 Sports and Phoenix Uniforms. Enter through the door to Phoenix Uniforms. (We're closed on New Year's Day, Easter, July 4th, Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Christmas.) We're open from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. every weekday. We are open on Saturday from noon till 6 p.m., and closed oon Sundays.

We are located a few short miles from Calexico, Brawley and Imperial.

TO BRING YOUR FIREARM INTO THE RANGE:

Your firearm must be unloaded, and enclosed in a soft or hard case, either zippered or shut closed. Please bring only factory new ammo, no reloads are permitted. We inspect all firearms and ammunition brought in to the range. We also have firearms for rent, and ammunition, targets, and safety gear for sale. Eye & ear protection are furnished at no charge to shooters.

Borrego Springs Farmers' Market

Christmas Cir, Borrego Springs, CA 92004

Friday 8am-12 noon

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Do not be fooled by the desert climate. Borrego Springs is home to some of the best produce in Southern California. Some of the products available include flowers, fruit, vegetables and fresh bread. Yet, while the farmer's market offers a plethora of healthy fruits and vegetables, dessert is not forgotten. This event is also famous for homemade fudge.

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