Desert Rat Experience

Desert Rat Experience

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The Desert Rat Experience is a man’s weekend designed for guys who are into all kinds of off-roading. There’s just something about riding or driving motorcycles, quads, rails and 4x4s with a bunch of guys who consider the desert a big playground. That’s what the Desert Rat Experience is all about. You can count on lots of riding time, great Desert Rat messages from our own North Coast pastors and three hot meals with lots of meat.

  • If you don’t have an off-road vehicle or 4×4, you will need to find a friend who has an extra bike or an extra seat belt. We will not be providing any vehicles, bikes or lodging.
  • You don’t need to know anyone to come.
  • We recommend the event for teens and above but trust dads to make the call on a younger boy.
  • The brief teaching times will be appropriate for any age.

Check out this quick video of what you can expect at Desert Rat.


WHEN: February 2-4, 2024

WHERE: Ocotillo Wells

COST: $85 adult, $65 for 18 yrs old and under
Registration includes 4 Refuel Messages/Sessions around the fire pit, two breakfasts & a MAN Dinner, a Desert Rat T-shirt, Desert Swag Prizes, and an Epic Weekend!

QUESTIONS? Email Vikki at
Check your tickets here:

Register by January 22 to be guaranteed a T-Shirt!


Our Base Camp is located in Ocotillo Wells area across the road at County Line Road turn off.


Get Map Here


Getting to Ocotillo Wells:

  • Take Hwy 15 North
  • Exit and turn right on Hwy 76 East (you will pass Lake Henshaw on your left).
  • Turn left on 79 North
  • Turn right on S2 (S2 ends at Hwy 78)
  • Turn left on Hwy 78 to Ocotillo Wells SVRA

Getting to Desert Rat Campsite:

As you enter Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Area going east on Hwy 78…

  • Drive 3.1 miles past Split Mountain Road to County Line Road (if you see the Blue Inn turn around, you went too far).
  • Turn right and enter by driving between two cut-off telephone poles on dirt road and follow signs to base camp approx .03 miles. County Line Road will be on the left.
  • Google Maps Link:
  • Coordinates: 33°07’40.4″N 116°04’55.6″W


  • As you enter our area, park in the Desert Rat Camp Area and not on BLM land, which is beyond the cones on the left side (east) of the drive. You will be asked to move if you park in the wrong area as parking there jeopardizes our use permit. Also, please do not park close to the highway. Stay camp side of the cones. It will make sense when you get here. ​


  • You are responsible to know and follow the rules and regulations at Ocotillo Wells SVRA as they relate to vehicle registration, speed, lights, mufflers, firearms, fireworks, fires, parental supervision and helmets. You can get further details at
  • The Desert Rat Experience is an alcohol free event.
  • Don’t bring firearms or fireworks; we are keeping it all legal.
  • We will set up a “no-ride zone” in our camping area and ask that you take any pit racing a good distance from camp.​.
  • Keep it safe and fun.

Check out last year’s schedule below to get an idea of what we will be doing. It may change a little.  We are intentionally keeping things pretty unstructured so you can ride as much as you want.

5:00-8:00pm Scheduled Arrival Time
5:00-8:00 Check in / Registration
9:00 Orientation/Refuel Meeting  #1
10:00 Campfire, food

7:00am Fire going and coffee on
7:30 Breakfast
9:00 Morning Refuel Meeting #2
6:00 Dinner
7:00 Award Presentation/Refuel Meeting #3
8:00 Campfire, food

7:30am Fire going, coffee on
7:30 Breakfast
8:30 Wrap up Refuel Meeting #4
10:00 Program ends – clean up

Required Forms:
Download, print and fill out the liability forms and present at check-in.


  • As many toys as you can fit in your trailer or toy hauler.
  • Everything you need to live in the desert for a couple days (tent, trailer, sleeping bag, camping gear, etc…) We will not be providing any lodging, equipment or vehicles.
  • Appropriate gear and clothing for daytime heat and nighttime cold. (The desert can hit temperature extremes in either direction and wind and rain are always possibilities).
  • Fuel and tools for the toys  (closest gas is on Highway 86 at Salton City – 25 miles.)
  • Food, water and beverages for the weekend. We will provide breakfast and dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday. Bring your own lunches and snacks.
  • Any safety or recovery equipment you would normally bring to the desert
  • Bible

Optional Gear:

  • GPS or compass may be helpful for the poker run
  • CB or two-way radio to communicate with other vehicles
  • Cell Phone

Contact Vikki with registration or payment questions.
Phone: (760) 724-6700

Desert Rat Impact: Raffle tickets will be available for purchase at the event and prizes include Desert Rat swag and more!

GRAND PRIZE: 2020 450 Kawasaki 
Additional prizes:
  • GoPro Hero 12
  • Pit Boss Wood Pellet Grill
  • Propane Firepit Table
  • Mini Drone
  • 75″ TV and more!
Raffle Tickets are available for $5 and directly benefits the Women’s Resource Center. 

If you have something of value that you would like to donate to the raffle, please contact Vikki Almond