dawn 'til dusk (in the day use area of the developed campgrounds)
Visitor Center Hours: Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Tamarisk Grove Campground and Day Use will be closed until October 31, 2018 while we carry out tree work. We apologize for any inconvenience. If you have any questions, please contact the Colorado Desert District Office at: 760-767-4037.
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park® has been named an International Dark Sky Park!
This recognition for our efforts in protecting and interpreting the dark skies over the park comes from the International Dark Sky Association (IDA), and will help ensure that dark skies over Anza-Borrego remain an unspoiled resource. Read the Press Release.
When using map apps., it is best to use Anza Borrego Desert State Park® Visitor Center for directions to the Visitor Center. Using only Anza-Borrego Desert State Park® in some map apps. may result in directions leading to a dirt, 4 wheel drive road.
Borrego Springs, Calif. — California State Parks collects day use fees of $10 per vehicle at the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Visitor Center on Fridays through Sundays and holidays, and every day at developed campgrounds. The day use fee ticket is valid at any State Park in the Colorado Desert District or the State Park System for the date of purchase.
See ROAD CONDITIONS as of 10/8/18.
COYOTE CANYON UPDATE: The Coyote Canyon Road is passable, for 2WD vehicles as far as Desert Gardens, and requires high clearance 4WD vehicles beyond Desert Gardens.
WARNING RE. BOW WILLOW and MT. PALM SPRINGS PRIMITIVE CAMP ROADS:
The roads to Mountain Palm Springs Camp and to Bow Willow Camp are extremely sandy in spots, and not suitable for RVs or passenger cars. Do not attempt traveling either road without a high-clearance, four-wheel-drive vehicle, and be alert for sand traps.
Tips to Safely Enjoy Anza-Borrego Desert State Park During the Winter Season
It is important for visitors to plan their outdoor adventure at Anza-Borrego Desert SP or any desert properly. Simple actions such as taking plenty of water (1 gallon/per person/day) and food, and knowing that cell coverage is extremely limited or non-existent can help you be better prepared to safely enjoy the desert.
During the winter season, temperatures can range from mid 80s to high 90s during the day to nearly freezing temperatures during nights. It is important to plan properly for your California desert adventure.
Below you will find just a few tips to safely enjoy the desert:
Cell Phone Use
First Aid Kit
For more tips for visiting the desert, check out our news release for additional details.
Friday, October 19, 2018
Visitor Center Discovery Lab
11:00 a.m. (1 Hour)
Archaeology Society Lecture – Military Training in the Desert. Michael Ables, Executive Director of the General George S. Patton Memorial Museum at Chiriaco Summit, near Indio, will speak about the impact of years of military training activities in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park area.
Saturday, October 20, 2018
ABDSP Stout Paleontology Research Lab
1 p.m. (2 Hours)
Paleontology Lab Open House. Tour the Paleontology Lab and see fossls from the Park. Talk with our Paleontology experts.
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Begole Archaeology Research Lab
2:00 p.m (2 Hours)
Archaeology Lab Open House. Tour the Archaeology Lab and see the artifacts of Cahuilla and Kumeyaay cultures firsthand. Talk with Park Archaeology staff and volunteers.
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Visitor Center Roof
4:30 p.m. (1 Hour)
International Observe the Moon Night Celebration– Watch the Moon Rise! Join Park Interpretive Specialist Regina Reiter on the roof of the Visitor Center to celebrate with Moon viewers all around the world for this year’s International Observe the Moon Night. We’ll see the Moon soon after it rises and just before sunset. Learn some of the facts and features of the Moon!
Sunday, October 21, 2018
Visitor Center. Meet in the Parking Lot
7:30 a.m. (1.5 Hours)
Bird Walk. Join Volunteer Naturalist Ann Keenan for a walk around the Visitor Center vicinity looking for the common birds of our desert. All birding levels welcome. Meet in the Visitor Center parking lot. Please bring binoculars. Rain cancels.
Sunday, October 21, 2018
Stout Paleontology Research Lab
9:00 a.m. ( 3 Hours)
Paleontology Lab Open House. Tour the Paleontology Lab and see fossils from the Park. Talk with our Paleontology experts.
Moon Features Come Alive, October 26, 2018, 6:45 pm - 7:45 pm. Meet in the Visitor Center Discovery Lab. Have you wondered what the “Man in the Moon” really is? Join Park Interpretive Specialist Regina Reiter for this interactive program to discern the features of the Moon and see a demonstration of the Moon phases. Stay to watch the full moon rise from the Visitor Center Roof.
The Moon Rises, October 26, 2018, 7:45 pm - 8:45 pm. Meet on the Visitor Center Roof. Watch the full moon rise from the Visitor Center Roof. Regina Reiter, Park Interpretive Specialist, will have binoculars and telescope to help you pick out the features of the moon you learned about in the previous hour. Even if it’s cloudy, the moon rising over the Santa Rosa Mountains is spectacular!
Visit Anza-Borrego Foundation's webpage for more exciting interpretive offerings.
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.
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 ($10 Day-use parking fee Fridays - Sundays and Holidays), 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).
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.
Anza-Borrego is an International Dark Sky Park, and the town of Borrego Springs is a Dark Sky Community, providing outstanding opportunities for exploring the star filled night sky.
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.
360 videos may be viewed using Google Chrome or Firefox.