The Desert Ironwoods Resort “DIR” sits of 53 acres of beautiful Ocotillo Wells in the Anza Borrego desert. Currently we have 145 camp sites with full hook-ups, a 12 room Motel, General Store and a Secure RV Storage facility on site. We are proud to know that many of the DIR’s tenants have been here over 30 years and are sharing they’re passion for the Ocotillo Wells area, off-roading, hiking, birding and our little community with their own third generations.
The DIR was originally built in the 1950s by several influential businessmen from Hollywood and Los Angeles. It quickly became a destination of choice for the trend setters of the mid 50’s to the late 60’s. Stars, Moguls, Lawyers, Doctors and the elite crowd flew into the DIR’s private airstrip to play in the desert and experience some of the first dune buggies, jeeping and off-road motorcycle riding as well as some serious sun worshiping and note worthy partying.
Over the years the DIR has had several owners and gone through numerous changes. Bob Hipchen, has owned the resort since 1998. Bob was a contractor in Newport Beach CA and has been an off-road enthusiast since before he could legally drive. He began coming to the Ocotillo Wells area in 1978 and had kept a vacation getaway in the area until 1998, when he learned the Desert Ironwoods Resort was for sale and made his lifetime dream come true. Bob now lives here year round along with his wife Susan, daughter Rachael and his grandson. All of whom share his passion for Ocotillo Wells and off-roading.