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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Contact Information

(760) 767-4205

Park Hours

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

Visitor Center Hours: Daily 9am to 5pm.

Max. Trailer Lengths

Trailer: 35 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: 35 Feet

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.


Camping and Lodging

Visitors will be able to reserve campsites and lodging six months in advance from the current date. Bookings may extend from the arrival date to the desired departure date – based on availability and the park’s maximum stay rules.


Campground Notice

The hook-up sites (1-52) at Borrego Palm Canyon Campground will be closed due to construction for upgrades.  We anticipate the project will be completed in early November, 2017.

 

Seasonal Closures

IMPORTANT: Flooding in early September has left many washes, including Fish Creek, Coyote Canyon, and washes in both Badlands areas in bad shape, with washouts and deposits of sand, mud, and rocks. Use extreme caution, and avoid driving into mud!  The majority of roads in the Park require a 4WD vehicle with high clearance. Road Conditions Update 10-15-17

WARNINGS RE. BOW WILLOW AND MT. PALM SPRINGS ROADS:

The access road to Bow Willow Campground is extremely sandy, washed out, and has difficult and rough terrain.  It is not recommended that any vehicles (even 4x4 vehicles) travel this road until repaired. If you have any questions, please contact the Colorado Desert District Office at 760-767-4037.

The road to Mountain Palm Springs Camp is also extremely sandy in spots, and is not suitable for RVs or passenger cars. Do not attempt traveling this road without a high-clearance, four-wheel-drive vehicle, and be alert for sand traps.

The opening of Coyote Canyon from Lower Willows (above the Seasonal Closure Gate) to Middle Willows will be delayed due to damage from recent flash floods.  We will post information regarding an anticipated opening when it is available. Superintendent's Order

INTERPRETIVE ACTIVITIES

Please click the link below for a list of activities being offered:

OCTOBER 2017 INTERPRETIVE SCHEDULE

Parking Information

Parking at Borrego Palm Canyon is limited.  Vehicles will be restricted to occupying one parking space.  There will be limited parking for oversized vehicle at the Visitor Center 2nd parking lot.  People with RVs, trailers, and other oversized vehicles are encouraged to plan for limited parking. Day use parking in campground areas is $10.

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.

When using map apps., it is best to use Anza Borrego Desert State Park(R) Visitor Center for directions to the Visitor Center.  Using only Anza-Borrego Desert State Park(R) in some map apps. may result in directions leading to a dirt, 4 wheel drive road.

Once in Borrego Springs, the easiest way to find the Visitor Center is to drive to the far west end of Palm Canyon Drive. From the parking lot, follow the sidewalk down about 200 yards past the flagpole to the front doors of the building, which is hidden, mostly underground!

The 3-mile (roundtrip) Borrego Palm Canyon Trail is accessed from the trailhead at the end of the main campground road ($10 Day-use parking fee). 
                                                     

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.

Borrego Springs is a Dark Sky Community, providing outstanding opportunities for exploring the star filled night sky.

 

Park Regulations

Pets must not be left unattended.  Dogs must be on a leash no longer than six feet and under immediate control of a person during the day.  Dogs or cats must be in a tent or vehicle during nighttime hours. Dogs are not allowed cross-country or on hiking trails.
Ground fires are not permitted.  A metal container must be used for all campfires.  Campfires cannot scar geological features such as rocks.
Firearms and fireworks are not permitted anywhere in the park.
All vehicles must be highway legal and remain on designated roads (See park map for designated roads).
The operation of powered unmanned aircraft, including drones, is prohibited in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.

Vista: Parks from Ridge to River

The online video journal of the Colorado Desert District covering Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, Palomar Mountain State Park, Picacho State Recreation Area, Salton Sea State Recreation Area, and Indio Hills Palms Property.

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Vista: Parks from Ridge to River 2017

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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
 
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