Bat Caves Buttes

MODERATE 7 reviews

Bat Caves Buttes is a 3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Riverside County, 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.

DISTANCE
3.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
357 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

views

rocky

washed out

The only caves around Salton Sea area. Open to all skill level. It's south of San Andreas Fault in an area known as Desert Buttes. At a ghost town named Durmid close to Salton Sea. Mile north from the abandoned Caf. 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 sallow.

hiking
6 months ago

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.

7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

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! ✔️

8 months ago

8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

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.

9 months ago