View of pumpkin patch Anza Borrego
View of pumpkin patch Anza Borrego

 the pumpkin patch anza borrego state park

GPS-The Pumpkin Patch N33 11.156 W 116 04. 971
Elevation 153 to 305 ft.
Season Year round: best Oct.-May
Terrain Moderate: washes, conditions change due to weather and trail can be
difficult to find/follow when obscured by sand.
Difficulty  Easy to moderate: packed dirt, washboard, sand, small rocks
Required Vehicle Stock 4×4
Time Approximately 1 hour
Length 4 miles each way
View of pumpkin patch Anza Borrego
View of The Pumpkin Patch- Anza Borrego
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“pumpkins”

Site Location and Description  To reach this area from the south use Shell Reef Expressway to East Bank to the Pumpkin Patch Trail.  It can also be reached from the north by taking the Cross Over Trail from S-22 to Tule Wash.  The Pumpkin patch is about as large as a city block.  It is a protected area that is fenced in with an entry area allowing you to walk amongst the amazingly weird rock formations.  There is a toilet and lunch area with picnic tables as well.

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The History  The Pumpkin Patch is located in the Ocotillo Wells SRVA, just east of the Anza Borrego State Park boundary.  These pumpkin shaped rocks are called “concretions” and were formed under the sand by water carrying properties that solidified the surrounding sandstone forming a concrete like substance that dried and then as the sand above it blew away, came to the surface. They usually contain a natural “nucleus” in that the concretion formed around a leaf, piece of shell or possibly a fossil. Sand and weather help shape them. The sandstone is old Diablo sandstone from the Colorado river delta.

pumpkin patch rock formations-Anza borrego
Pumpkin Patch rock formations-Anza borrego

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New York born to SoCal via Puerto Rico and San Francisco, partner in crime and co-founder of The Adventure Portal, Lori has over 15 years experience in partaking of adventures in the American southwest, primitive camping, hiking and exploring in her Rubi. She welcomes new challenges and is always pushing the envelope of adventure in her Jeep.