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Address: Shell Canyon Rd., Ocotillo, CA
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The canyon walls hold 50 million years of shell fossils.

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Colorful canyon walls with fossilized corals and critters

A shorter hike than the nearby Painted Gorge hike but it's easier to view fossils here. Sometimes the road is in bad shape so take a 4x4 or hike in to the trailhead. This is an... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 16, 2012
Carey G
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2016

Driving through Ocotillo Wells area is always a pleasure. There is so much Natural history to see and take note of.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Ocotillo California is the perfect winter get away - few people, many activities and great scenery. There is an overlook with a great view, where dinosaurs used to walk. Shell canyon is a fossil haven, shells of ancient times sticking out of the hill walls. The desert flowers are so beautiful, but not always blooming. The jeep trails take you... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012

A shorter hike than the nearby Painted Gorge hike but it's easier to view fossils here. Sometimes the road is in bad shape so take a 4x4 or hike in to the trailhead. This is an ACEC so leave all resources as you find them. Get info from the BLM.

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