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Desert View Tower Jacumba

In-Koh-Pa Park Road, Jacumba, California USA

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“Iconic Rock Tower!”

A rock tower that overlooks southern Anza Borrego Desert and Interstate 8 near the California / Mexico border. Built in the 1920's by a man named Burt Vaughn, to commemorate pioneers crossing the desert to get to San Diego, it is now owned by an individual owner. Nearby are some unusual rock carvings of skulls and animals, done by W.T. Ratcliffe, a retired engineer, in the 1930's.

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Reviewed by
daanwalet

  • 1 Review
  • 2 Helpful
July 21, 2014

Boulder Park at Desert View Tower is one of the coolest things I did so far this trip! The young boy in a man really comes out in this place. The combination of bouldering and the art caved in and painted on the rocks was just awesome!

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Reviewed by
tara.burke.319

  • 3 Reviews
  • 7 Helpful
October 22, 2013

This is a cool lil place to stop, if you happen to not be in a hurry. It wont take long, most likely less than an hour and you will feel ready to move on. The views are really nice, the rock carvings are kinda cool. You can climb up into the rocks to be able to see all the carvings. You can get some great sunset shots from up here.

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Reviewed by
FaithTravelers

  • 2 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
June 21, 2019
Rated 3.0

Can be windy. It's for sale for 2 million. Main tower free and for $6.50 each climb up tower & explore rock formations. Neat place to take kids.

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Reviewed by
julia.terry.50

  • 7 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
September 11, 2018
Rated 5.0

Owner is very friendly. My puppy enjoyed running around off leash with the other friendly dogs on the property.

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Reviewed by
bridwella09

  • 22 Reviews
  • 5 Helpful
February 13, 2018
Rated 4.0

This was a trippy place. I stopped here on a whim and was pleasantly surprised. There were very friendly dogs on the grounds and a cool little gift shop. I stayed on the tower only a couple of minutes because it was so cold, but the view was amazing! It was worth the trip.

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Reviewed by
Mark H

  • 34 Reviews
  • 5 Helpful
November 03, 2017
Rated 4.0

Cool place to stop and check out. The small fee to go to the top of the tower is well worth it...awesome view. There's also a UFO repair shop close by.

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Reviewed by
savwad

  • 6 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
June 03, 2017
Rated 5.0

$6.50 to do the Tower and the Boulder Park. It's the monument of two zany, artsy guys. There's great views, a cool gift store (very rare that I say something like that) and rock art. What's not to love? I imagine kids would love it too.

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Reviewed by
LBusby82

  • 16 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
April 19, 2016
Rated 5.0

This was our last stop before going home and we are so happy we did. These place is awesome. The guys are so nice. When we walked in there were a few dogs laying around who could have cared less that we were there. Everywhere we looked was beautiful especially the top of the tower. We also climbed the rocks even our kids (4, 6, and 8). You have to find all the painted rocks.

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Mark H

  • 34 Reviews
  • 5 Helpful
March 06, 2016
Rated 4.0

This is a really cool place. $8 to go to the top, but well worth it. They also have a lot of unique items in the gift shop. There is also a UFO repair shop along the road to the tower, I will have to wait until I can get out there again to check that out.

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Desert View Tower Jacumba

In-Koh-Pa Park Road
Jacumba, California
USA

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  • Sun - Sat: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

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