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Plaster City Launch Site


Plaster City

Plaster City is located about midway between San Diego CA and Yuma AZ north of I-8. Plaster City is not a city, but is a drywall factory operated by US Gypsum. There are no houses, stores, gas stations in Plaster City.

This is Plaster City!

Plaster City

The area surrounding Plaster City is open desert. The land is administered by the Bureau of Land Management. The launch site is within a large off-road vehicle area. Camping is permitted free of charge, however there are no facilities. We do rent porta-potties for each of our launches.

This open desert, so come prepared. Bring shade, plenty of water and sunscreen. During October we expect daytime temperatures near 90 degrees and nightime temperatures around 60 with clear skys.

The small town of Ocotillo is located 9 miles west of the launch site and has a restaurant, and gas station with gas and diesel fuel. El Centro 17 miles east has gas, groceries, Home Depot, and numerous restaurants, hotels and motels. A State Prison is conveniently located NE of the launch site.

Directions

Coming from the East: Drive west on I-8 from Yuma, after you pass through El Centro watch for the Dunaway exit about 15 miles west of El Centro. The exit sign will also say "State Prison". Go 1.5 miles north on Dunaway Road and turn left(west) on S-80. Go 1.7 miles until you see a sign on your right that says "Plaster City East Staging Area". There is a bridge just past this sign, if you go over the bridge you've gone too far west. Turn right(north) at the sign and go about 0.2 miles on a dirt road. Watch to your right for a nondescript road which heads up a low hill to the northeast. Follow that road to the top of the hill, you should see a group of rocketeers on the flat area straight ahead of you. You're there!

Coming from the West: Drive east on I-8 from San Diego about 80 miles, after you drop down to the desert you will pass by Ocotillo. Go about 8-9 miles and watch for the Dunaway exit, it's the first exit past Ocotillo. The exit sign will also say "State Prison". Go 1.5 miles north on Dunaway Road and turn left(west) on S-80. Go 1.7 miles until you see a sign on your right that says "Plaster City East Staging Area". There is a bridge just past this sign, if you go over the bridge you've gone too far west. Turn right(north) at the sign and go about 0.2 miles on a dirt road. Watch to your right for a nondescript road which heads up a low hill to the northeast. Follow that road to the top of the hill, you should see a group of rocketeers on the flat area straight ahead of you. You're there!

Plaster City East Staging Area Sign
Plaster City East Sign

Please note that you can take S-80 east from Ocotillo. However this highway has a stretch of very rough pavement and may be hard on your RV. If you're driving a car or pickup this road is fine. If you drive this way watch for the launch site turn-off after you pass through Plaster City(the factory).

Plaster City Launch Site Detail Map

PlasterCity Launch Site Detail Map

Click here to get a topographic map of launch area.

Features

The launch area is in the middle of an expanse of open desert surrounded by a larger area of lightly vegetated landscape. Rocket recovery is generally easy due to the limited ground cover.

Launch Facilities

We normally have an ample number of launch pads for rockets of all sizes. We have various sizes of launch rods and rails available.

GPS Coordinates

N 32° 48' 5"
W 115° 49' 39"

Camping

RVs and Tents Welcome - Nose in or tail in only on the flight line.
Campfires OK
ATV use OK
Porta Potties Onsite
No Firearms or Fireworks
Trash Bins Onsite(During Plaster Blaster Only)

Weather at Plaster City in Early November

Expect daytime temperatures between 90-100 F. Skies should be clear and humidity should be low. Bring lots of drinking water and sunscreen.

Current forcast for nearby Ocotillo, CA

 

 

 

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