Anza-Borrego Desert SP

State Park


 INTERPRETIVE EVENTS
Please click here for the July Interpretive Schedule
Please click here for the August 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

2014 BIGHORN SHEEP COUNT RESULTS
Bighorn Sheep

ELEPHANT TREES ARE BLOOMING!
Elephant Tree blossom
These diminutive blossoms are a treat to be enjoyed by hardy souls who brave the heat of a desert summer. Search for them on the trees at the Visitor Center. 

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

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

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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


·Park Information

  • Hours of Operation:

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

  • Park Office Telephone:

    (760) 767-5311

  • Region

    Deserts

    County

    San Diego

  • Max Camper Length:

    35 Feet

    Max Trailer Length

    35 Feet

  • Purchase Annual Passes

Telephone

Park Office 760-767-5311
Visitor Center 760-767-4205

Employment Opportunities

Jobs with CA State Parks 
Standard Application

Local Conditions

Current Weather Forecast
Dirt Road Conditions 7/25/14(NOTE: Road conditions can change very quickly!)
Wildflower Update 6/8/14

IMPORTANT!

It is the visitor's responsibility to know the rules of the park.
Please open the link to the park magazine below for information about: desert safety, dogs, ground fires and other important items. 

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Magazine

Visitor Center Hours:

During the summer (June 1 through September 30) the Visitor Center is open Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays only, 9 am - 5 pm.

The Visitor Center is open 9-5 Daily from October 1 through May 31, thanks to generous funding from Anza-Borrego Foundation. We invite you to help support the park by becoming a member or by shopping at the State Park Store (Summer Hours: M-F 8-noon).

NEW! Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Magazine Online

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Magazine 2012.pdf

Interpretive Activities

July Interpretive Schedule
August Interpretive Schedule

Visit the Anza-Borrego Foundation webpage for other exciting interpretive offerings, explore the myriad invaluable roles the Foundation serves, and discover the many ways you may help care for this magnificent resource!

Anza-Borrego Foundation

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California Overland

Enjoy a stunning offroad adventure with:

California Overland Desert Excursions
Roughing it at its finest!

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

California Overland Home Page

Research Permit Information


Please click the below link for Research Permit Information.

Research Permit Information.pdf

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Application
DPR 208H.pdf

Please call the park(s) you are interested in for the
appropriate address to send your application.
Thank you!