I went down to Ocotillo Wells with a number of friends. We go there each year for NYE. But it's different there now. I figured since NY Eve was on Friday, the place would be a mad house. It gets pretty Mad Max down there. But the place was nearly vacant. I think the new rules that you can't have alcohol outside of your camp now drove away a lot of people. Not really sure. But it was amazingly quiet for a big desert weekend. Wasn't even the usual dust cloud over the place.
That said, Truckhaven is no longer quiet at Thanksgiving anymore. Maybe that's where the Ocotillo regulars were for NYE.