View Full Version : Truck Haven Off Road event

03-04-2007, 09:24 PM
This event ended up at Ocotillo Wells this year due to permit problems from enviromentalist at the original site near Salton Sea.

Total mad house of Jeeps that can't drive, but fun to watch them get stuck.


03-06-2007, 08:40 AM
It was a good weekend. The wheeling was not as good as Truckhaven but OK. I almost rolled my Jeep in some sand coming back at the end of the day. It was all good.

03-06-2007, 08:42 PM
So what was the real story with the event moving to Ocotillo and is it going to be there next year.

I always liked to go over and watch at Truck Haven but that many slow vehicles on Blow sand and the other fast trails of the area made it feel like the 405 merge at 5:00 ......at least for the "Locals"

Give us the inside story and keep us posted for next year.

P.S. Did you see the F350 CC 7.3 with duals pulling Blowsand like it was nothing? He was out there Friday and Saturday nights. Would have liked to see his EGT gauge.

03-07-2007, 10:22 AM
Here ya go. I think that it will also be held at Ocotillo Wells next year too. We have a big raffle ($40K this year I think), and during they were taking dotations to help to reopen Truckhaven.

No, I didn't see the F350 go up the hill. We heard lot of noise coming from the hill and could see it from camp but did not go over there.

Information on the purchase of Truckhaven:
In September 2006, approximately 4,000 acres of Freeman Trust properties were acquired by the California State Parks Off Highway Motorized Recreation Division, in an area commonly known as Truckhaven. In addition to the Freeman Properties, the greater Truckhaven/Desert Cahuilla area includes State Lands Commission lands (approximately 6,000 acres) and additional public and private properties, covering approximately 15,000 acres in total.
The Truckhaven/Desert Cahuilla area lies north of San Diego County Road S22 and west of State Route 86, adjacent and east of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and north of Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area. Future management of the property will be determined by the California Department of Parks and Recreation, based on an open and public planning process that would determine the most appropriate use of the property.
The land consists of alluvial soils consisting of coarse sand in broad washes and mud hills composed of silt and gravel deposits with a predominate vegetation type of Sonoran Desert scrub, including four Native California fan palm oases.
The entire area is approximately 90 square miles of desert land that has been used for motorized recreation for over 50 years. To the west lies the 670,000 plus acre Anza Borrego Desert State Park. To the north is the Torres Martinez Indian Reservation.
From a historical perspective, that region was slated for development during the 1950’s. About that time, off highway recreation began growing in popularity. Truckhaven was found to be an ideal location for the emerging 4x4 recreation market. In 1964, the Tierra del Sol Four Wheel Drive Club of San Diego began hosting their annual Desert Safari event in the Truckhaven area. At Desert Safari 2006, 1551 participating vehicles were registered with an estimated overall attendance of over 16,000 people.
Currently, the Desert Safari is one of three major events held in the region. In addition to the major off-highway recreation events, the area is a popular destination from October through April for OHV recreationists from throughout southern California and Arizona. On any given weekend, visitation can exceed 500 vehicles and over 2,000 people. On holiday weekends, such as Thanksgiving and Christmas-New Years, visitation can exceed 5,000 recreationists.
The surrounding communities of Desert Shores, West Shores, and Salton City are retirement communities. Over the years, motorized recreation visitation to the region has provided a significant economic input to the local communities. For example, the West Shores Senior Center hosts a Sunday morning breakfast for the Tierra del Sol Desert Safari participants. From that one event, they earn enough income to pay their annual operating expenses.
The local community supports recreation activities because the recreationists support the local community. Without recreation, many local businesses would not be open. Motorized recreation is an important economic event for the local community. One of the major events held in the region is the Treasure Trails, which is hosted by local community service groups such as the Desert Shores Veterans of Foreign Wars, and draws over 600 registered participants. A third major event is hosted by the California Off Road Vehicle Association (CORVA) and annually attracts over 500 registered vehicles.
Together, these events, plus the seasonal weekend visitation, support gas stations, restaurants, and grocery stores in the region. Without the economic stimulus from recreation, the region would have trouble meeting local citizen needs.
Truckhaven (or Freeman Property) is now in the OHMVR Division property inventory. An interim management plan is being developed under which the property will be managed jointly by the State Parks' management teams from both Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and Ocotillo Wells State Vehicle Recreation Area. State Parks will facilitate a deliberative public planning process that will use science and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to arrive at appropriate land use decisions. The process will engage all concerned groups and individuals to insure that the management plan addresses the many features and potential uses for the property. The effort is expected to take several years and involve archeological, geological, and biological studies. In addition, a comprehensive survey of existing routes will be conducted. The final management plan will govern the use of the area.
Truckhaven was first identified by the OHMVR Division as a potential key component of the state OHMVR program in 2001. Over the ensuing years, the growth of recreation and housing developments have added urgency to setting aside the area as “open space” that protects the area from development and provides for recreation opportunity.
The OHMVR Division, lead by Deputy Director Daphne Greene, has contributed countless hours to bringing this project to its current stage on behalf of the recreation community. Deputy Director Greene and her staff are to be commended for their efforts to acquire this property. It will be a key component of the state-wide OHMVR program for the future.

06-16-2007, 12:40 AM
Where was that picture taken from. I usally camp out at county line. And that looks alot like it.

06-16-2007, 09:20 AM
That was right off the rocks at BlowSand looking off $10 hole side to main street.