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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

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.


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.

Wildflower Season Information

 

Wildflower Locations

  • Visitor Center Area: garden and parking lot

    In this easily accessible area you'll find that annuals have started to bloom: Phacelia, Desert Dandelion, a few Desert Chicory, lots of the tiny red Pygmy Stonecrop, along with Filaree, Popcorn Flower, Poppies and Fiddlenecks. Shrubs--Chuparosa and Brittlebush--have also started. Look for the white-flowered Wishbone Bush in the island between the first and second parking lots.

    Borrego Palm Canyon

    This poplular canyon has plants that bloom on both the main and alternate trails.  You may see lots of Phacelia, Chuparosa, Brittlebush and Desert Lavender.  Also look for Desert Chicory, blooming Ocotillo, Desert Wishbone, Desert Dandelion, Canterbury Bells, and Brown-eyed Evening Primrose.  On the alternate trail, you may see Monkey Flowers, Parish's Golden Poppy, Little Gold Poppy, and Rock Hibiscus.

    Henderson Canyon Road

    The "Sunflower Fields" have not yet come into full bloom, but a few specimens can be found near the east end of the road. Also near there (west of Pegleg Monument area) you can look for blooming Desert Lilies and Sand Verbena.  Note: Use caution when pulling onto the shoulder as the sand can be very soft.

    Coyote Canyon

    Where the pavement ends at the north end of DiGiorgio Road, you may find Spectacle Pod, Brown-eyed Evening Primrose, Dune Evening Primrose and Sand Verbena.  Walk out onto the flats for occasional Desert Lilies and Desert Sunflowers.  Note: 4WD recommended beyond Desert Gardens.

  • Rockhouse Canyon Road

    Fields of Dandelion and Chicory, Phacelia, Pincushion, patches of Monkey Flower and lots of Barrel Cactus.  Perennials include Indigo Bush, Ocotillo, Creosote, and Desert Lavender.  Note: 4WD high-clearance recommended.

    Yaqui Well Trail

    Fishhook Cactus, Fiddleneck, Filaree, Fremont Desert Thorn, Agave, Desert Dandelion, Whispering Bells, Pygmy Poppy, Gold Poppy, Popcorn Flower, Chia, Dune Evening Primrose, Trailing Windmills.

    Plum Canyon

    Desert Apricot and Turpentine Broom have been spotted here.  Also, Wishbone, Chuparosa, Desert Chicory, Viguiera, Fiddleneck, Phacelia, Desert Rock-Pea, and Popcorn Flower.

    Carrizo Badlands Overlook

    This pullout in the southern end of the park boasts an impressive display of lupine, along with Brown-eyed Evening Primrose, Spectacle-pod, and Creosote bush. Desert Lilies are in bud, and should be blooming before long.

    Please Remember

    Vehicles must be parked no more than one vehicle length off the road and must not trample vegetation or drive over geological features.  Dogs must remain on a leash no longer than six feet and are not allowed cross-country or on hiking trails. Pets may not be left unattended.  Please enjoy the Wildflowers and allow future visitors to enjoy them as well.


Seasonal Advisory

 

USE CAUTION ON DIRT ROADS
Many dirt roads in the park experienced flooding last month. Road conditions are variable; most roads require four-wheel-drive and many require high clearance as well. Be aware that after rains, mud can be very sticky and can trap even four-wheel drive vehicles; do not drive into mud puddles! Check road conditions (last updated 2/10/17).

MORE RAIN IS FORECAST FOR THE COMING WEEKEND, WHICH MEANS THAT ROADS ARE LIKELY TO BECOME EVEN MORE MUDDY, SLICK, AND STICKY. VISITORS ARE ADVISED TO USE EXTREME CAUTION WHEN TRAVELING DIRT ROADS IN THE PARK, EVEN WITH FOUR-WHEEL-DRIVE VEHICLES!

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.
                                                     

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.

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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