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Vallecito Mountains
Vallecito Mountains
Highest point
Peak Whale Peak
Elevation 1,630 m (5,350 ft)
Vallecito Mountains is located in California
Vallecito Mountains
Location in California
Country United States
State California
Region Colorado Desert
District Anza-Borrego Desert State Park,
San Diego County
Range coordinates 33°1′45.170″N 116°18′58.044″W / 33.02921389°N 116.31612333°W / 33.02921389; -116.31612333
Topo map USGS 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.

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.

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