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town.el centro

El Centro California & the entire Imperial Valley depend on agriculture. Underground geothermal activity in this region is used for producing electric power. Along Interstate 8 there are numerous primitive hot springs to enjoy, as well as sand dunes for off-road enthusiasts. Plenty desert camping all around this region.

el centro, California

elevation: -45'
population: 45,000
zip code: 92243


flat low lying desert valley, mountains, large scale agriculture

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El Centro

Imperial County
North of Mexicali
on Interstate 8


El Centro



  • back roads
  • international border MX
  • camping
  • hiking
  • hot springs
  • off-roading
  • golfing
  • farming
  • grazing
  • sand dunes
  • desert canyons
  • wildflowers
  • parks, forests, rivers & lakes

    parks, forests, rivers & lakes:

  • Anza Borrego State Park
  • Colorado River Parker
  • Paso Picacho SRA
  • Yuha Desert
  • Imperial Dunes OHV
  • Salton Sea California
  • Glamis Dunes
  • BLM CA El Centro OHV Trails
  • Tumco Historic Mine
  • Agua Caliente Hot Springs
  • Salton Sea SRA
  • El Centro City Parks
  • description:
    Vast wide open desert with geothermal energy plants and mucho agriculture. Primitive hot springs, large sand dunes, off road trails, desert camping, hiking, ranches and fossils - can all be found within this region. Dozens of good restaurants in this location. Produce farms and food transport make up the bulk of the industry in the area.

    nearby towns
    nearby towns:
    Salton City
    Borrego Springs

    Hard Times: Young family just arrived from Arkansas camped along the road. Imperial Valley, California, Spring 1937.

    S.R. 86 Near the Salton Sea, California (10)

    From desert to verdant

    Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area
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