Ocotillo Airport

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Ocotillo Airport
Airport typePublic
OwnerCounty of San Diego
ServesOcotillo Wells, California
Elevation AMSL160 ft / 49 m
Coordinates33°08′52″N 116°07′54″W / 33.14778°N 116.13167°W / 33.14778; -116.13167
Direction Length Surface
ft m
13/31 4,210 1,283 Dirt
9/27 2,475 754 Dirt
Statistics (2008)
Aircraft operations405

Ocotillo Airport (FAA LID: L90) is a county-owned, public-use airport located in Ocotillo Wells, an unincorporated community in San Diego County, California, United States.[1]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Ocotillo Airport covers an area of 353 acres (143 ha) at an elevation of 160 feet (49 m) above mean sea level. It has two runways with dirt surfaces: 13/31 is 4,210 by 150 feet (1,283 x 46 m) and 9/27 is 2,475 by 150 feet (754 x 46 m). For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2010, the airport had 810 general aviation aircraft operations, an average of 68 per month. No aircraft was based at the airport during that time.[1]

US Navy World War II[edit]

During World War II the airport was used by the US Navy and called Naval Outlying Field, Ocotillo Dry Lake. It was used for training and to support Borrego Valley Maneuver Area, Benson Bombing Range and the Borrego Hotel Target Area, as a bub base of Naval Air Base Salton Sea in support of San Diego Naval Air Station. The US Navy returned the airport to the county in 1956. The airport opened in the late 1920s for private planes. In the late 1930 that Navy started to land planes at the private airport and took over the airport when the war started.[2][3][4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c FAA Airport Form 5010 for L90 PDF. Federal Aviation Administration. Effective 11 February 2010.
  2. ^ "Naval Outlying Field, Ocotillo Dry Lake". www.militarymuseum.org. Retrieved 2021-02-09.
  3. ^ "Borrego Hotel Target Area and Emergency Landing Field Ocotillo Wells, CA" (PDF). U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. 2013. Retrieved 2021-02-09.
  4. ^ "Archives Search Report|Findings for Benson/Ocotillo Dry Lake" (PDF). militarymuseum.org. May 1997. Retrieved 2021-02-09.

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