Skip to Main Content
Menu
Contact Us Search
Organization Title

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Park Information

Contact Information

(760) 767-5311

Trailer Lengths

Max Trailer Length: 35 Feet
Max Camper Length: 35 Feet

Park Hours

dawn 'til dusk (in the day use area of the developed campgrounds)

Driving Directions to Anza-Borrego Desert SP

The Park is located on the eastern side of San Diego County, with portions extending east into Imperial County and north into Riverside County. It is about a two-hour drive from San Diego, Riverside, and Palm Springs. Many visitors approach from the east or west via Highways S22 and 78. From the coast, these highways descend from the heights of the Peninsular range of mountains with spectacular views of the great bowl of the Colorado Desert. Highway S2 enters the park from the south off of Interstate 8.


View on Map

Camping and Lodging

Online reservations are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Reservations can be made 7 months in advance on the first day of the month beginning at 8:00 a.m. PST via the website, by mail, or by calling the toll free telephone number at 1-800-444-7275. Due to seasonal volume, access to the ReserveAmerica website and the telephone line may at times be limited.

Online Reservations

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.



 INTERPRETIVE EVENTS
Please click here for the September Interpretive Schedule

SEASONAL CLOSURES
Coyote Canyon above Second Crossing is closed June 1 - October 1
Tamarisk Grove Campground is closed June 1 - October 1
State Park Visitor Center is open Sat-Sun and Holidays only June 1 - Sept 30
The State Park Store in The Mall is open M-F 8:00 am-12:00 noon

IMPORTANT NOTICES
There is currently NO WATER at Bow Willow Primitive Camp.

Tamarisk Grove Campground Will Open October 1

Severe drought conditions have affected the availability of water at Tamarisk Grove Campground; effective immediately, the toilets in the campground will be closed but the showers will remain open.  Porta-potties with hand washing stations will be provided on site.  One non-potable (not for drinking) water spigot will be available in the campground for dishwashing.  Campers are advised to bring potable (drinking) water with them. 




2014 BIGHORN SHEEP COUNT RESULTS
Bighorn Sheep



CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT Results are in!
Inca Dove by Justyn Stahl
The Anza-Borrego Desert Christmas Bird Count (CBC) was held under sunny skies on December 15, 2013, with 74 participants recording 119 species and 13,271 total birds. In comparison, all-time high figures were 134 species in 2010 and 14,140 total birds in 2009. This year's honors for "coolest rare bird" goes to two INCA DOVES from two separate locations. This species has only been recorded here seven previous times, and only once before on the CBC. Two WOOD DUCKS, a PLUMBEOUS VIREO, two TOWNSEND'S WARBLERS and a GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE were also unusual.

Click here to see the full list of birds counted this year.
Click here to see the complete table of birds and locations.

Inca Dove photo by Justyn Stahl


WILDFLOWERS

Spring wildflowers are heavily dependent on winter rainfall. With just over one-third of an inch this year, annuals are making a poor showing, but trees, shrubs, and cacti offer blossoms for the diligent searcher! Click here for tips on where and how to find something in bloom!
Fishhook Cactus BlossomsLittle gold PoppyChuparosa BloomBeavertail Blossom

If you would like to receive updates next year, as different wildflowers start coming into bloom, we suggest that you check back here, or join the email list of our nonprofit partner, Anza-Borrego Foundation.

You can also call our Wildflower Hotline at 760-767-4684.

Scroll down to see photos of wildflowers from previous seasons.



Park Volunteer Sam Webb took these "Before" and "After" photos that show how responsive ocotillos are to moisture in the soil.
ocotillos
                                         Photos by Park Volunteer Sam Webb
Blair Valley Wildflowers







Desert ChicoryDesert Gold PoppyPhacelia
DandelionVerbenaMonkey flower
 



Swainson's Hawks

Borrego Springs is a major stopover on the Swainson's Hawks' 6,000-mile spring migration from Argentina to their breeding grounds far north of us. Local "Hawkwatchers" are stationed at strategic locations in the valley every morning and evening to count them as they overnight here. Would you like to join them? Find out more here or read a summary on the Borrego Valley Hawkwatch Blog.

CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT 2012

Eighty-two birders were out bright and early on December 16 to identify and count the most birds possible for the 30th Audubon Anza-Borrego Desert Christmas Bird Count. By the end of the day, 114 species were recorded, with a total number of 8,878 individual birds. The count circle, with a diameter of 15 miles, is centered in Borrego Springs and includes park land in Coyote Canyon, Palm Canyon, Culp Valley, Glorieta Canyon and Clark Valley. Thank you to Anza-Borrego Foundation for sponsoring this event each year! 
For the complete list of birds seen, click here.
For a more detailed chart showing which birds were seen in each area, click here.
Check back for the report on the 2013 Christmas Bird Count, which took place on December 15, 2013.

About us - Location - Directions

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is the largest state park in California. Five hundred miles of dirt roads, 12 wilderness areas and many miles of hiking trails provide visitors with an unparalleled opportunity to experience the wonders of the California Desert. The park is named for Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza and the Spanish word borrego, or bighorn sheep. The park features washes, wildflowers, palm groves, cacti and sweeping vistas. Visitors may also have the chance to see roadrunners, golden eagles, kit foxes, mule deer and bighorn sheep as well as iguanas, chuckwallas and the red diamond rattlesnake. Listening devices for the hearing impaired are available in the visitor center.

The Park is located on the eastern side of San Diego County, with portions extending east into Imperial County and north into Riverside County. It is about a two-hour drive from San Diego, Riverside, and Palm Springs.

Many visitors approach from the east or west via Highways S22 and 78. From the coast, these highways descend from the heights of the Peninsular range of mountains with spectacular views of the great bowl of the Colorado Desert. Highway S2 enters the park from the south off of Interstate 8.
                                                     

Seven New Cultural Preserves

California State Parks has classified seven areas of outstanding historic and cultural interest in Anza Borrego Desert State Park as Cultural Preserves. The proposed classifications were recommended in the approved 2005 A.B.D.S.P. General Plan.

For more information, please visit the link below:

Anza-Borrego Desert SP General Plan and Cultural Preserves Web page: http://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=21314

Sun motif pictograph]Little Blair Valley

Sun motif pictograph - Little Blair Valley

More about the Park

Most visitors approach from the east via Highways S22, S2, or 78. Visitors from San Diego via Highways 79 and 78 have the added pleasure of driving through the mountainous Cuyamaca Rancho State Park--quite a different experience from Anza-Borrego. The highways from the east climb to 2,400 feet or so and then descend about 2,000 feet to the valley. Where the highway breaks out of the high-country vegetation, it reveals the great bowl of the Anza-Borrego desert. The valley spreads below, and there are mountains all around. The highest are to the north--the Santa Rosa Mountains. The mountains are a wilderness, with no paved roads in or out or through. They have the only all-year-flowing watercourse in the park. They are the home of the peninsular bighorn sheep, often called desert bighorn. Few park visitors ever see them; the sheep are justly wary. A patient few observers each year see and count them, to learn how this endangered species is coping with human encroachment.

CALIFORNIA OVERLAND!

California Overland
Click on the link below to start your excursion through the wildlands of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park:

California Overland Home Page

Borrego Jeep / Photo Adventures

Borrego Jeep Photo Adventures
"EXPLORE AND EXPERIENCE THE BEAUTY, SOLITUDE AND MYSTERY OF ANZA-BORREGO STATE PARK WITH AN EXCITING, MEMORY MAKING JEEP ADVENTURE.  YOUR GUIDE ,AARON DENNIS C.P.P. , IS A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER WHO CAN SHOW YOU HOW TO RECORD YOUR MEMORIES " .   (PHOTO INSTRUCTION IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE AND IS OPTIONAL)
 
With Art and Soul
AARON DENNIS

www.aarondennis.com

WWW.BORREGOJEEPPHOTOTOURS.COM


WILDFLOWERS

Beavertail Cactus Blossom
Blossoms and Buds: Beavertail Cactus at the Visitor Center (S Theriault)

The pictures below are from previous years' wildflower seasons. 
Orcutt Aster by Mike Bigelow
Orcutt Aster by Park Volunteer Mike Bigelow

Fishhook Cactus
Fishhook Cactus (Mammillaria)
photo by Park Volunteer Mike Bigelow

Desert Woolstar photo by Mike Bigelow
Desert Woolstar by Park Volunteer Mike Bigelow

Apricot Mallow
Apricot Mallow by Park Volunteer Mike Bigelow

Phacelia (Wild Heliotrope) photo by Park Volunteer Grace Clark
Phacelia (Wild Heliotrope)
photo by Park Volunteer Grace Clark

Pink Cheesebush by Grace Clark for webpage
Pink-blooming Cheesebush
photo by Park Volunteer Grace Clark
 
Barrel Cactus
     Barrel Cactus