Holtville Airport Launch Site


The launch area is an unused airport surrounded by vegetated desert landscape.  Landing on concrete is a possibility, so choose your 
recovery system accordingly.  Outside the airport boundaries, there is lots of brush and low terrain for rockets to hide in, so tracking 
systems of some kind are highly recommended for any but the lowest flights.

The waiver at the Holtville Launch Site is 18,000 feet

Directions

From the west, the easiest route is I-8 to the State Route 111 North exit, right on Evan Hewes Highway (aka S80), left on State 115 before you reach Holtville, and then right on Norrish to the airport.

ONLY ENTER THE RUNWAY BY MEANS OF THE MAIN GATE WHICH IS AT THE END OF THE PAVED ROAD.

DO NOT USE THE FIRST GATE!!

Holtville Airport Launch Site Map

From Downtown San Diego. Take I8 East towards El Centro.
Exit on State Route 111 North, towards Brawley. Travel 1.8 miles.
Turn right on to E Holton Road (county hwy S80) - follow signs for Holtville.
Follow S80 to 115 S/W 5th St.
Follow a slight right on Kavanaugh Rd.
Turn Left on Highline Rd.
Turn Right on Norrish Rd.
The site is roughly 133 miles east of Downtown San Diego.

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 on foot is generally easy due to the limited ground cover.

OFFROAD Vehicle use is prohibited other than for Rocket Recovery.  Please note the runways are not cared for and there are numerous large pot holes. Watch where you're driving!

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

32 50.454N, 115 15.917W

Camping

RVs and Tents Welcome
Campfires OK 
ATV use OK 
Porta Potties Onsite 
No Firearms or Fireworks

Weather at Holtville

Bring lots of drinking water and sunscreen.