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Fossil Canyon

Shell Canyon Rd., Ocotillo, CA
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Picked over canyon showing wear and tear

Overall, it was a fine hike, but visitors need to know that this is a well worn area. The main form... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Patrick L
Ocotillo!

Driving through Ocotillo Wells area is always a pleasure. There is so much Natural history to see... read more

Reviewed 14 April 2016
Jiro_Kaneshiro
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San Diego, California
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The canyon walls hold 50 million years of shell fossils.
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2 weeks ago
“Picked over canyon showing wear and tear”
14 Apr 2016
“Ocotillo!”
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Shell Canyon Rd., Ocotillo, CA
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Overall, it was a fine hike, but visitors need to know that this is a well worn area. The main form of litter are empty shell casings (bullet shells, not fossil shells) and broken skeet targets. We heard gun shots the entire time we were...More

Thank Patrick L
Reviewed 14 April 2016

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

Thank Jiro_Kaneshiro
Reviewed 22 March 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....More

1  Thank lindabit64
Reviewed 16 December 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....More

4  Thank Carey G
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