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17 of the Best Things To Do Near NAF El Centro (2022 Edition)
17 of the Best Things To Do Near NAF El Centro17 of the Best Things To Do Near NAF El Centro

17 of the Best Things To Do Near NAF El Centro (2022 Edition)

Introduction

Your new installation at Naval Air Facility El Centro puts you in the heart of Southern California’s Imperial Valley. You’ll be about two hours away from both San Diego, California, and Palm Springs, with a shorter one-hour drive to Yuma, Arizona. El Centro has consistent, year-round flying weather making it an integral part of Naval Aviation Training. You’ll have plenty of things to do in Southern California and near NAF El Centro as you settle into your new home.

We have organized activities into categories below; click any of them to jump to the section if you already know what you want to do around NAF El Centro.

(1-3) NAF El Centro Golf
(4-6) NAF El Centro Gyms
(7-8) NAF El Centro Theaters
(9) NAF El Centro Bowling Alleys
(10-15) NAF El Centro Outdoor Rec
(16-17) NAF El Centro Museums

Related read: NAF El Centro: In-Depth Welcome Center

Southern California Golf Courses

Southern California Golf Courses

There is not a golf course located on NAF El Centro, but there are options within a short drive.

Brawley

1. Del Rio Country Club

102 Del Rio Rd.
Brawley, CA 92227
Phone: 1 (760) 344-0085

Del Rio Country Club offers up a challenging 18 hole, old-style golf course. With narrow fairways and small Bermuda greens, you’ll be sure to work on your game here. The Del Rio Country Club also hosts events and offers up a full-service restaurant.

El Centro

2. Lakeview Golf Course

1589 Drew Road
El Centro, CA 92243
Phone: 1 (760) 352-6638

What started out as an RV resort for winter visitors to the Imperial Valley has turned into a traditional golf course at Lakeview Golf Course. This nine-hole course has a nice assortment of different challenges among the different holes. There’s also a putting green and natural grass driving range.

3. Desert Trails Golf Course

225 Wake Ave.
El Centro, CA 92243
Phone: 1 (760) 353-4653

Another RV Park turned Golf Course, the Desert Trails Golf Course is the perfect place to park the RV and play a round of golf. This 9-hole golf course has four lakes and is open year-round, and is complete with a driving range.

NAF El Centro Gyms

NAF El Centro Gyms

4. NAF El Centro Gym

Bldg. 327
3rd St.
NAF El Centro, CA 92243
Phone: 1 (760) 339-2488

The NAF El Centro Gym is the Fitness Center on base that’s a part of the NAF El Centro MWR. You’ll have access to weights, cardiovascular machines, a regulation-sized basketball court, and 2 racquetball courts.

El Centro

5. IV Fitness Club

220 Wake Ave.
El Centro, CA 92243
Phone: 1 (442) 283-5029

IV Fitness Club is veteran-owned with the goal to change the culture, perspective, and outlook members have on fitness. IV Fitness Club offers up strength and cardio equipment, cross-training, swimming pools, basketball court, racquetball court, and free weights.

6. Heavy Hitters CrossFit

1102 S Dogwood Rd B.
El Centro, CA 92243
Phone: 1 (760) 335-6886

Heavy Hitters CrossFit is a training facility with comprehensive CrossFit programs that are accessible to all ages and fitness levels. Their goal is to create a supportive community that will help you hit your fitness goals and create the results that you desire.

NAF El Centro Movie Theater

7. NAF El Centro Movie Theater

3053 2nd St.
El Centro, CA 92243
Phone: 1 (760) 339-6015

The NAF El Centro Movie Theater is part of the NAF El Centro MWR and right on base. They show current and first-run movies and offer a new snack bar and intimate setting for your movie-going experience.

El Centro

8. Century Imperial Valley Mall 14

3651 S Dogwood Rd.
El Centro, CA 92243
Phone: 1 (760) 482-9200

The Century Imperial Valley Mall 14 Cinemark Theater is a large movie theater showing a wide range of blockbuster and independent first-run movies. With full surround sound, spacious seating, and affordable matinees, you’ll be sure to find an enjoyable experience at the movies here.

NAF El Centro Bowling Alley

NAF El Centro Bowling Alley

9. Desert Lanes & Kingpin Pizzeria Cafe

Bldg. 485
3rd St.
NAF El Centro, CA 92243
Phone: 1 ((760) 339-2918

The newly remodeled Desert Lanes and Kingpin Pizzeria Cafe is part of the NAF El Centro MWR. This eight-lane bowling center offers open and league play with special events like birthday parties and cosmic bowling.

NAF El Centro Outdoor Rec

NAF El Centro Outdoor Rec

Borrego Springs

10. Superstition OHV

Wheeler Rd.
Borrego Springs, CA 92004
Phone: 1 ((877) 462-3342

Superstition Mountain OHV is north of the Plaster City OHV Open Area in Imperial County. This area offers up a wide range of challenging OHV riding, and cross-country OHV is permitted in this area. Use caution as Superstition OHV is adjacent to the NAF El Centro bombing ranges, so be sure to observe and obey all posted signs.

Imperial

11. Imperial Lakes

2828 W Evan Hewes Hwy.
Imperial, CA 92251
Phone: 1 (760) 337-8855

Imperial Lakes in California is a water ski community host to the 2007 Western Regionals. Imperial Lakes consists of 2 tournament lakes with slalom courses and a single jump ramp.

12. Festival of Lights

3400 Wheeler Rd.
Imperial, CA 92251

The Festival of Lights in Imperial, CA, is part of the traveling Lights Festival music tour. It typically heads to the Imperial Valley in November and is an event where participants come together to enjoy music and release paper lanterns as a way to celebrate and honor the year that is nearly behind them. This results in a breath-taking sight of lanterns lighting the night sky.

Brawley

13. North Algodones Dunes Wilderness Area

Ted Kipf Rd.
Brawley, CA 92227
Phone: 1 (760) 337-4400

The North Algodones Dunes Wilderness Area covers more than 26,000 acres and is divided into two distinct zones with the primary dunes on the west side of the area. You can take the walking trails but are also welcome to go horseback riding in this remote area. All wilderness areas are closed to vehicles and mechanized use.

Yuma

14. 5 Palms Hot Springs

92227 Unnamed Rd.
Yuma, CA 85365

5 Palms Hot Springs is a natural desert oasis in the middle of a large group of palm trees. 5 Palms Hot Springs flows into a sandy-bottomed pool in the middle of the palms large enough for a dozen or so people to sit in the springs at once.

El Centro

15. Bucklin Park

1350 S 8th St.
El Centro, CA 92243
Phone: 1 (760) 337-4555

Bucklin Park is a green oasis with a park lake and walking paths. This large park has fountains, play areas, and even a library box. For a day to escape the stark desert of Imperial Valley, Bucklin Park is a close and suitable escape.

Southern California Museums

Southern California Museums

There is not a museum located on base, but there are others within a short distance.

Ocotillo

16. Imperial Valley Desert Museum

11 Frontage Rd.
Ocotillo, CA 92259
Phone: 1 (760) 358-7016

The Imperial Valley Desert Museum is in the heart of the Yuha Desert and showcases Native American and historical artifacts from within the Imperial Valley. Their goal is to preserve and celebrate the deserts of Southern California through their exhibits and educational programs.

Imperial

17. Pioneers’ Museum (Imperial County Historical Society)

373 E Aten Rd,
Imperial, CA 92251
Phone: 1 (760) 352-3211

The Pioneer’s Museum is run by the Imperial County Historical Society, whose goal is to preserve the life and history of the early settlers in the area. They offer a wide range of artifacts in their exhibits and offer access by appointment to their historical research library.

Conclusion

Whether you like to relax in the shade on a hot afternoon in the parks of El Centro or want to soak in the 5 Palms Hot Springs for a while, we are sure that you will have plenty of things to do in Southern California and near NAF El Centro. You will find your favorite spots, and be sure to talk to the locals for more ideas!

 

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