Pilot Knob Long Term Visitor Area

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El Centro Field Office 1661 S. 4th Street El Centro, CA 92243

Latitude/Longitude:
32.74273889, -114.7554806
Directions:
I-8 (West from Yuma, AZ/East from El Centro,CA) to Sidewinder Rd.(Exit 164.) South on Sidewider Rd.
HISTORIC & CULTURAL SITE
CAMPING
RECREATIONAL VEHICLES
WILDLIFE VIEWING
PHOTOGRAPHY

Pilot Knob Long Term Visitor Area

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The area in and around Pilot Knob is rich in both human and natural history. At one time, Patton's troops trained here in preparation for desert fighting in World War II. A State of California Historic Marker lies on the site of Patton's camp. The marker is located just north of Interstate 8 on Sidewinder Road. The Fort Yuma Indian Reservation borders public lands near Pilot Knob. Every year, thousands of visitors come and enjoy the natural beauty and recreational opportunities offered at BLM's Long Term Visitor Areas (LTVAs), where visitors can camp for as long as seven months. Fee season September 15-April 15 $180, $80 4-week stay, $40 2-week stay; 14 day camping free April 16-September 14