ANZA-BORREGO SOUTH : ROADS Yuda Desert
Peirson's Evening Primrose, Pinto Wash, Yuha Desert
The Yuha Desert is a small part of the Sonoran Desert in southwestern Imperial
County. From Coyote Wells, it extends eastward across Pinto Wash to the
county's agricultural area. From Interstate 8, it extends southward to the
Mexican border. The Yuha Desert is an Area of Critical Environmental Concern,
defined by the Bureau of Land Management and managed by the BLM's
El Centro office.
The Yuha Desert is of interest for a number of reasons. The land was once
under water, and visitors search for fossils, rocks, and minerals. Other
visitors are attracted by some of the unusual plants of nearby areas including
Crucifixion Thorns on Highway 98, Desert Bird-of-Paradise
in Fossil Canyon, and Wolf's Cholla
in the northwest along Dos Cabezas Road. The
Yuha Basin was part of Anza's historic route
to California and a place where Native American and early man discoveries
have been made.
From a distance, a prominent physical feature is Mount
Signal, or Cerro Centinela, which lies on both sides of the border.