View Full Version : Truckhaven Hills, CA

01-22-2007, 06:15 PM
I know that AzVJC members have plenty to do with keeping Arizona trails open, but I'm sure that some AzVJC members have used the Truckhaven Hills area in California, too.

The Truckhaven Hills area is in the California desert about 100 miles east of San Diego, about 60 miles southeast of Palm Springs. On a typical weekend, the area is used by thousands of Jeeps, quads, and motorcycles. For 44 years, the San Diego Tierra Del Sol (TDS) 4WD Club has hosted the TDS Desert Safari at Truckhaven. Last year, the TDS Desert Safari attracted an estimated 15,000 people to the area. For the past ten years the California Off-Road Vehicle Association (CORVA) has held a winter off road event in Truckhaven.



In September, 2006, the California State Park System acquired approximately 4,000 acres of the Truckhaven Hills area that had previously been privately owned. The purchase was funded by revenue from the OHV "green sticker" program. The rationale for acquiring the land was to prevent the land from being developed for home sites.

Last week, the Center for Biological Diversity filed suit to halt CORVA's Truckhaven Extreme Challenge Poker Run that was scheduled for January 20 and 21. The basis of the lawsuit is that the land is now state owned, and therefore, such an event could not be held without proper environmental review.


CORVA decided not to fight the injunction and canceled the event. While the injunction prevented CORVA from holding an organized event at Truckhaven, it did not enjoin individual off-roaders from legally using the area on an ad-hoc basis.


Although the injunction only applied to an event that required a state permit, and did not affect individual off-road users, I wonder how long before the Center for Biological Diversity tries to get an injunction to stop all off-road use in the area pending an environmental review?

01-22-2007, 09:32 PM
I have heard from other sites that this is bogus!!!!! Russ, nice to hear from you again!!!!


01-23-2007, 03:40 AM
I have heard from other sites that this is bogus!!!!! Russ, nice to hear from you again!!!!


What's Bogus ?

The CORVA event was cancelled:

From the TDS website (as posted above, maybe you should read it)


Click on "NEWS"

A new controversy has reared its ulgy head. We have a meeting with the OHMVD on Wed Jan. 24,2007. Check back to find out if we have to move the Safari. At this time we do not know. Our trail does not go into the Big Horn Sheep area but there are other issues that we need to check on and work out the details. “ Be patient.”

01-24-2007, 07:41 AM
I was going to post the same thing!!!!! WOW its the real deal!!!!!!! These dam greenies are trying to lock us out of our own land!!! In 20 years where will we wheel????

01-29-2007, 08:56 AM
Because of complications (ETC) the Safari had to be moved to the Ocotillo Wells SVRA


CAMPSITE: NOTE: New Location!! Located on Main Street and Hwy 78 in Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area.
There’s lots of room and easy access for campers, motorhomes, and trailers. Please observe the signs. Bring your own firewood and
drinking water. Additional supplies are available nearby in Ocotillo Wells. Coin-operated showers are available near the SVRA Ranger
FRIDAY: Registration STARTS at 12:00 pm, Closes at 10 pm. Safety Check and Registration location is at TDS Safari Site.
SATURDAY: Registration reopens at 6:30 am. Run will leave from campsite, promptly at 8 am for a trip in Sandy Washes,
Rocky Canyons and Scenic Ridges of the best 4-Wheelin’ in Ocotillo Wells. Easier routes are marked “Green” to by-pass some of the
harder/steeper trails. Radio Check Points throughout the run are on Official Use Only CB Channel 14 (Please!).
SUNDAY: Trips start at 9 am. The Sunday Rough Run will provide some of the best 4-wheelin’ of the weekend. The trail will
not be marked. It will be a follow the leader run, so be sure to watch out for the vehicle behind you.
Due to construction, Hwy 78 east of S2 will be limited to one-way traffic until 4 p.m. Both lanes will be open on the weekend.

01-29-2007, 01:29 PM
Damn it , Truckhaven is such a great place to cruise...