County Road S-22

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Trees line the initial stretch of San Diego County S-22 (Montezuma Valley Road) as it leads toward Rancheria. By the time it enters Borrego Springs, CR S-22 is fully within the desert environment. During summer, extreme temperatures in excess of 110 degrees Fahrenheit are not uncommon along the drive.
San Diego County S-22 east
San Diego County S-22 (Montezuma Valley Road) begins and travels five miles east from San Diego County S-2 to Ranchita. The county road travels 18 miles to Borrego Springs and 48 miles to Salton City. 04/20/13
San Diego County S-4 winds east around the northern periphery of the San Felipe Hills to Montezuma Valley. Pictured here is a reassurance marker at milepost 4 near the unincorporated community of Ranchita. 05/29/02
A pullout overlooking Borrego Valley is located along San Diego County S-22 at Milepost 12.4. This section of highway was constructed between 1954 and 1964.1 04/20/13
Eastbound San Diego County S-22 enters Christmas Circle in the center of Borrego Springs. A small, landscaped park lies within the traffic circle. 04/20/13
Heading through Christmas Circle, CR S-22 first meets Sunset Road southwest, followed by CR S-3 (Borrego Springs Road) south. Beginning here, CR S-3 travels south to meet SR 78 in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. 04/20/13
San Diego County S-22 (Christmas Circle) next meets Avenida Sureste before resuming along Palm Canyon Drive east three miles to Borrego Valley Airport (BXS). 04/20/13
Beyond Borrego Springs, CR CR S-22 bee lines east through more of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park en route to Salton City. 04/20/13
Leaving the central business area of Borrego Springs, eastbound San Diego County S-22 (Palm Canyon Drive) meets Borrego Valley Road at this intersection. Borrego Valley Road heads south to San Diego County S-3 (Yaqui Pass Road) and north to local ranch areas and citrus orchards located to the north of the valley. 04/20/13
The expansive desert of Clark Valley opens along San Diego County S-22 (Borrego Salton Seaway) east in this scene at milepost 27 in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. The county road turns southeast ahead of the distant Santa Rosa Mountains. 04/20/13
Several washes and small ravines were filled to allow San Diego County S-22 a relatively flat trip across the desert. Older design standards along this section include small boulder curbing, as well as culverts to carry excess storm water under the roadway. 04/20/13
One of the ravines cut by the washes on the south side of the Santa Rosa Mountains. San Diego County S-22 surmounts several such ravines on its eastward course. 04/20/13
Imperial County S-22 east
County Road S-22 (Borrego Salton Seaway) crosses the Imperial County line in a broad valley east of the Santa Rosa Mountains. 04/20/13
Imperial County S-22 proceeds through the badlands located between the county line and Salton City. The county road gradually drops to below sea level prior to entering Salton City. This scene looks near the turnoff to Ro-Geo Notch overlook. 04/20/13
The final Imperial County S-22 route marker stands one half mile ahead of SR 86 at Sunset Avenue in Salton City. Salton City had a population of 3,763 as of the 2010 Census, and it sits at an elevation of 125 feet below sea level. 04/20/13
Gas and food are available at the upcoming intersection between CR S-22 and SR 86. Founded in the 1950s with the intention of creating a resort complete with beach and marina amenities, Salton City is an unincorporated community located on the western shore of the Salton Sea. Plans for the resort were realized for a time, but over the decades, and for a variety of reasons, the development never really succeeded. Issues included significant changes in the water level within the Salton Sea, as well as water quality. Despite this, most development is now clustered closer to the SR 86 corridor, which had been widened to expressway standards during the 2000s. 04/20/13
SR 86 is a major, north-south expressway that replaced Historic U.S. 99. The expressway corridor from Calexico to Indio incorporates portions of SR 111, SR 78 and SR 86. The Borrego Salton Seaway concludes here, but the road continues ahead as South Marina Drive. Remains of the resort and the dozens of roads that were surveyed and constructed as part of the original development are located east of the expressway. South Marina Drive overall approaches the edge of the Salton Sea, then loops back to SR 86 as North Marina Drive. 04/20/13
Traffic lights were installed at CR S-22 (Borrego Salton Seaway) and SR 86 in 2015. SR 86 travels 35 miles north to Indio and 49 miles south to El Centro. 04/20/13
San Diego County S-22 west
Imperial County S-22 proceeds west along Borrego Salton Seaway from SR 86 in Salton City. 04/20/13
Borrego Salton Seaway remains below sea level initially while in Salton City, but quickly rises into the badlands southwest of Clay Point. 04/20/13
Mountains in San Diego County loom in the distance, and the Borrego Badlands can be seen in the foreground. Imperial County S-22 is exemplary for scenery. 04/20/13
Imperial County S-22 gains elevation through a series of S-curves preceding the Borrego Badlands area within four miles of Salton City. 04/20/13
Two miles ahead of the San Diego County line, a reassurance marker for CR S-22 is posted. Now well above sea level, Borrego Salton Seaway advances west toward the Santa Rosa Mountains. 04/20/13
San Diego County S-22 west
Crossing into San Diego County, County Road S-22 also enters Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. 04/20/13
Recreation opportunities within Anza-Borrego Desert State Park include taking in scenic overlooks, hiking and wildlife viewing. 04/20/13
Leaving the badlands area, San Diego County S-22 descends into the broad Clark Valley. This stretch of road is prone to flooding during summer monsoon storms. 04/20/13
San Diego County S-22 makes a 90 degree turn at Henderson Canyon Road by the south end of Coyote Mountain. Henderson Canyon Road extends west to agricultural and ranch areas in north Borrego Valley. 04/20/13
Peg Leg Road leads CR S-22 south 2.4 miles to Palm Canyon Drive west. The Vallecito Mountains rise far to the south. 04/20/13
Palm Canyon Drive turns CR S-22 west to Borrego Valley Airport (BXS) and the community of Borrego Springs. Borrego Valley Road provides a cutoff south to San Diego County S-3 (Yaqui Pass Road). 04/20/13
Advancing 1.5 miles west from Borrego Valley Road, CR S-22 (Palm Canyon Drive) enters Christmas Circle in the center of Borrego Springs. 04/20/13
Borrego Springs Road stems north from Christmas Circle as a local route to agricultural areas in north Borrego Valley. South from CR S-22, the highway carries CR S-3. 04/20/13
San Diego County S-22 resumes along Palm Canyon Drive west back into Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. San Diego County S-3 south connects Borrego Springs with SR 78 in 11.5 miles in the Lower Borrego Valley. 04/20/13
Gas and food options are available along Palm Canyon Drive leading west from Christmas Circle. County Road S-22 is otherwise devoid of services to the western terminus. 04/20/13
San Diego County S-22 turns south onto Montezuma Valley Road at the west end of Borrego Springs. CR S-22 will assume a mountainous configuration from here to Ranchita with several grade changes and sharp curves for the next several miles. 04/20/13
Reentering Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, the scenic drive along Montezuma Valley Road winds southward toward Dry Canyon. Peninsular Bighorn Sheep are known to frequent the area during the early morning or late afternoons. 04/20/13
Winding southward and continuing gain elevation along CR S-22 west ahead of Culp Canyon. 04/20/13
The Montezuma Valley Road Lookout and interpretive sign are located near milepost 12.5. 04/20/13
Reaching the top of Montezuma Grade, westbound San Diego County S-22 (Montezuma Valley Road) again expands to include a passing lane. Beyond the passing lane, CR S-22 resumes through rugged terrain leading into Culp Valley. 04/20/13
Westbound San Diego County S-22 enters Ranchita and sees a long straight away across Montezuma Valley. 04/20/13
San Diego County S-22 takes a winding course west from Montezuma Valley to its end at San Diego County S-2 (San Felipe Road). 04/20/13
CR S-22 ventures southeast through San Felipe Valley en route to Ocotillo. San Felipe Road continues the county road 4.7 miles west to SR 79 near Warner Springs. 04/20/13
County Road S-22 scenes
The view east toward Borrego Springs from the Monezuma Valley Road overlook located along San Diego County S-22 near milepost 12.5. 04/20/13
Interpretive signs at the Monezuma Valley Road overlook provide information about Borrego Springs, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and native Peninsular Big Horn Sheep. 04/20/13
Imperial County S-22 has several paved and unpaved overlooks in the Borrego Badlands area. Pictured here are scenes from the Ro-Geo Notch overlook, located just a couple miles east of the San Diego-Imperial County line. The Salton Sea and Salton City are visible to the east from this vantage point. 04/20/13

  1. DPW Stories: Desert Roads Paved With Past. San Diego County Department of Public Works).

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05/29/02, 04/20/13 by AARoads

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Page Updated 08-16-2017.

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