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Bat Caves Buttes is a 3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Niland, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.0 mi Elevation gain 328 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Views

Rocky

Washed out

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Getting There

The only caves around Salton Sea area. Open to users of all skill levels. It's south of the San Andreas Fault in an area known as Desert Buttes. The trail starts at an abandoned cafe in a ghost town named Durmid, close to Salton Sea. These caves were created when Salton Sea was flooded in the early stages before the water elevation dropped. The waves were responsible for the tunneling of the caves. Note that the deepest cave is only 90 feet, the majority are shallow.

Park at the abandoned Caf area.

Head to Durmid, CA. Stay on Grapefruit Blvd (Hwy 111) until you see the abandoned Caf.

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Stephanie Woolsey
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Off trailRocky

Was wonderful seeing but agreed that people have no care for preserving this beautiful spot. I was so sad to look upon the litter and human waste that was everywhere inside these dwellings for bats. We did see some babies in small hole but how sad they are being haunted by human

Christiaan Vee
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Hiking

No markings for trail, which is just a poorly maintained OHV path. Area is littered with trash and graffiti, a bit sad.

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Neil Aitken
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Hiking

Not bad, bat caves were cool but plenty of ATVs and dirt bikes everywhere.

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Jackie Stone
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Hiking

Cool to see once. But people piss in the caves and it smells. Bring tons of water.

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Weekend Warrior
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HikingNo shadeOff trail

Not much of a trail but the Buttes are worth the hike. Nice views over the Salton Sea, would not recommend over summer as it was 90 degrees at 9:00am.

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John Woodford
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OHV/Off Road Driving

We went from the fountain of youth campground to the bat caves then to the oasis. Beautiful views from top of caves. Oasis is really cool. It’s out in the middle of the desert.

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Eva Perez
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This hike is very easy. Beautiful view. Caves did have bats, did not see them but I could hear them.

Michelle F
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Hiking

Easy hike, nice view at the top. Cool caves. No actually trail just follow the UTV tracks.

Kelly Fox
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Hiking

Unique caves to explore and cool views, but must be a local party spot-be ready for beer cans and toilet paper in the caves.

Zachary Smith
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Hiking

great views, but not really a trail leading to it but you can follow tracks from off-road vehicles. Sand is very soft near the caves.

Ismael Luna
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Hiking

its a beautiful view of the sea but very dirty. once we got to the caves there was tons of toilet paper and the smell was awful. people use the caves as their bathroom .

Liza Lewis
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Hiking

No obvious trail, just followed the wash and ATV tracks all the way to the buttes. Very cool place and did not see any bats. So sad that people thrashed the place and left some thrash and grafittis all over.

A Flores
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Hiking

It's basically out in the middle of no where but once you get to the destination it is an AMAZING view. Not only are the caves beautiful but you can see the entire Salton Sea! ✔️

amy L
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Hiking
First to Review

So rad. You have to park on the dirt next to the road and then cross the train tracks and then it's about a mile to the buttes. Seems to be a popular atv area. There isn't a clear trail but it's impossible to get lost, you can always see the Salton sea unless you are on the other side of the buttes. We were out about four hours but did a lot of wandering.

Gabriel Aguirre
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Janell Saville
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Jessica Keeney
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Ethan Zavala
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Liz Sowles
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Mac Browning
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Tim Bervert
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Taylor Waldon
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Andy Porter
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Aunchman Lotus
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M.davis User
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James Almon
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Jennifer B.
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Jacqueline Han
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