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MONTEZUMA VALLEY & YAQUI PASS

Date reviewed - 8/03
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Fun . . . . . . . . 4
Difficulty . . . . .High
Traffic . . . . . . Medium
Driveways . . . .None
Condition . . . . Fair
Length . . . . . .19 miles (Montezuma)
. . . . . . . . . . .5 miles (Yaqui)
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Montezuma Valley isn't as good as Palomar, but is only about 20 minutes away so worth the small detour. The first section coming Hwy. 79 and San Filipe Rd. (left off the map) is perfectly straight with some risers to allow you to see if anyone is coming. There are a fair amount of houses on this section though, so use caution.

Once the road starts to drop down into the valley, things get much better quickly. If you have driven the section of Ortega Hwy. that drops into Lake Elsinor you know what I am talking about. The only real problem is that there were a suprising amount of cars on this road last time I drove it. At the bottom is Borrego Springs, kind of a low rent Palm Springs, so there is some commuter traffic headed out that way. Last time I actually got stuck behind a coummuter bus, a bus in the curviest section and he passed a few turnouts before he allowed us to pass.

Once you hit the valley floor, head through town and go south at the traffic circle on Borrego Springs Rd. until you can take Yaqui Pass Rd. south. This has a long straight headed up the valley floor back into the mountains, but also has several driveways and and entrance to a golf resort.

Once past this, though, the road gets very tight and winding headed through the hills to Hwy. 78. The lanes get pretty narrow here, so make sure to stay on your side of the double yellow. This road isn't long but will definately get your tires warmed up.

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Red: Montezuma Valley Rd.
Yellow: Yaqui Pass Rd.
Blue: Hwy. 78

 
 
Montezuma Valley Rd.
 
 
Dropping down into Borrego Springs on Montezuma Valley Rd.
 
 
Red: Montezuma Valley Rd.
Yellow: Yaqui Pass Rd.
Blue: Hwy. 78