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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Contact Information

(760) 767-5311

Max. Trailer Lengths

Trailer: 35 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: 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.


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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.


Dispatcher FlyerCA State Parks is recruiting for Communications Operators (Dispatchers)! Applications accepted until August 26, 2016. Learn More







Coyote Canyon, Horse Camp, and Tamarisk Grove are closed June 1 - October 1.
The Visitor Center is open weekends and holidays only, 9-5, until October 15. 
  

STARGAZING:
July 2, 8:30 on the roof of the Visitor Center
Desert evenings are perfect for Stargazing! Explore constellations and learn about the importance of dark skies everywhere. Bring binoculars, if you have them, and a flashlight (with a red light or lens, if possible, to preserve our night vision).  
 


The Visitor Center is now on SUMMER HOURS: 9 am to 5 pm on Saturdays and Sundays only, until October 15. We will also be open on July 4 and September 5.

WILDFLOWER UPDATE 5/2/16


USE CAUTION ON DIRT ROADS
Many dirt roads in the park experienced flooding this summer. Road conditions are variable; most roads require four-wheel-drive and many require high clearance as well. Check road conditions
.

Check out the 2016 edition of our park magazine!
A more
reader-friendly version is also available, courtesy of Anza-Borrego Foundation.

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

ANZA-BORREGO CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT RESULTS
Final tallies are in from the 2015 Christmas Bird Count!
Click here for the full chart of what species were seen where.

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

SHEEP COUNT RESULTS 
This year's count stands at 253 bighorn sheep. Click here to see more details.
2014 BIGHORN SHEEP COUNT RESULTS

Bighorn Sheep





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. Find out more on the Borrego Valley Hawkwatch Blog.


WILDFLOWERS

Chuparosa BloomNow is the time to check out the higher elevations of Anza-Borrego for wildflowers! 5/2/16 Update.

The Visitor Center is a great place to start your visit--we have excellent films showing in our theater, and we can arm you with maps to the best places to explore!

If you'd like to be alerted to next year's blooming season, 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 Chicory Desert Gold Poppy Phacelia



Dandelion Monkey flower

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



Available Activities and Facilities at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

OVERNIGHT FACILITIES
En route Campsites
Environmental Campsites
Family Campsites
Group Campsites
Hike or Bike Campsites
Primitive Camping
RV Sites w/Hookups
RV Dump Station
Alternative Camping
RV Access
TRAIL USE
Bike Trails
Hiking Trails
Horseback Riding
DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Interpretive Exhibits
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Family Programs
OTHER FACILITIES & VISITOR INFORMATION
Parking
Restrooms / Showers
Restrooms
Drinking Water Available