Ocotillo Wells has three issues now of interest to users:
First, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) and Desert Protective Council (DPC) have filed suit to stop open use of the park. This is a serious case that could severely impact OHV use there. CORVA, EcoLogic and Tierra Del Sol (TDS) are intervenors and are fighting on our behalf.
Second, the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) is trying to get the flat-tailed horned lizard on the State’s endangered species list. Because of this, the Park is not accepting permit applications for events. Should it get listed, heavy restrictions will likely come to OW.
Third, the Park’s general plan is being updated. This, in itself, is not too bad. The draft of the plan would include a few restrictions that are likely to be incorporated, such as a requirement to remain on trails in the area north of Devil’s Slide. The general plan and lawsuit seem to be lagging; we believe they are waiting to see the fate of the flat-tailed horned lizard, as a listing would greatly affect both the lawsuit and the general plan.
We are closely watching all three of these issues and are ready to act when needed.