|Elevation||734 m (2,408 ft)|
|District||San Diego County and Imperial County|
|Topo map||USGS Carrizo Mountain|
The Coyote Mountains are a small mountain range in San Diego and Imperial counties of southern California. The Coyotes form a narrow ESE trending 2 mi (3.2 km) wide range with a length of about 12 mi (19 km). The southeast end turns and forms a 2 mi (3.2 km) north trending "hook". The highest point is Carrizo Mountain on the northeast end with an elevation of 2,408 feet (734 m). Mine Peak at the northwest end of the range has an elevation of 1,850 ft (560 m). Coyote Wash along I-8 along the southeast margin of the range is 100 to 300 feet in elevation. Plaster City lies in the Yuha Desert about 5.5 mi (8.9 km) east of the east end of the range.
To the southeast lie the Jacumba Mountains and the Volcanic Hills. To the north and northeast lie the Carrizo Badlands, the Carrizo Valley and the Fish Creek Mountains. The west end of the range is within the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and the east end is within the Carrizo Naval Gunnery Range. The international border lies approximately 11 mi (18 km) south of the southeast margin of the range.
The range consists of sand dunes left over from the ancient inland Sea of Cortez. Seismic activity has raised these. Much of the terrain is still loose dirt, interspersed with sandstone and occasional quartz veins. A dirt road leads towards the mountains, starting off State Highway 2 (S2), also known as the Imperial Highway, not far from the desert community of Ocotillo.
There are no marked trails and the footing is treacherous, made up of loose sand, dirt and crumbled shards of sandstone. Most slopes have no vegetation. That which exists consists mainly of mesquite bush and the occasional ocotillo. Coastal cholla can be found at the lower elevations. Fauna seen includes jackrabbit and sparrows.
There are a few ancient sand dunes that have been fossilized and hollowed out by winds, producing wind caves. Fossil remains of sea life, such as sand dollars and snails, have been found. It is illegal to remove any fossils.
- "Coyote Mountains". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-05-04.
- El Cajun, California, 30x60 Minute Topographic Quanrangle, USGS, 1979
- Carrizzo Mountain, California, 15 Minute Topographic Quadrangle, USGS, 1959
- Plaster City, California, 15 Minute Topographic Quadrangle, USGS, 1957
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