Vallecito Mountains

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Vallecito Mountains
Vallecito Mountains
Highest point
PeakWhale Peak
Elevation1,630 m (5,350 ft)
Coordinates33°1.78′N 116°18.98′W / 33.02967°N 116.31633°W / 33.02967; -116.31633
Vallecito Mountains is located in California
Vallecito Mountains
location of Vallecito Mountains in California [1]
CountryUnited States
RegionColorado Desert
DistrictAnza-Borrego Desert State Park,
San Diego County
Range coordinates33°1′45.170″N 116°18′58.044″W / 33.02921389°N 116.31612333°W / 33.02921389; -116.31612333Coordinates: 33°1′45.170″N 116°18′58.044″W / 33.02921389°N 116.31612333°W / 33.02921389; -116.31612333
Topo mapUSGS Whale Peak

The Vallecito Mountains are located in the Colorado Desert, in eastern San Diego County, Southern California. They are about 28 miles (45 km) north of the U.S. border with Mexico.


The mountains lie in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, in an east–west direction, southwest of the community of Ocotillo Wells, and south of Highway 78. The range is approximately 15 miles (24 km) long, and reaches an elevation of 5,349 feet (1,630 m) above sea level at Whale Peak.[2][3]

The Laguna Mountains are to the southwest and Volcan Mountains to the northwest, and the Pinyon Mountains and Borrego Valley are on the north side. The Sawtooth Mountains, Tierra Blanca Mountains and Jacumba Mountains ranges lie to the south and southeast.[3][4]


  1. ^ "Vallecito Mountains". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-05-04.
  2. ^ Whale Peak, California, 7.5 Minute Topographic Quadrangle, USGS, 1959/1978
  3. ^ a b Borrego Valley, California, 30x60 Minute Topographic Quadrangle, USGS, 1982
  4. ^ El Cajon, California, 30x60 Minute Topographic Quadrangle, USGS, 1979