dawn 'til dusk (in the day use area of the developed campgrounds)
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Max. Trailer Lengths
Trailer: 35 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: 35 Feet
Driving Directions to Anza-Borrego Desert SP
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
Brochures and Campground Maps
Upcoming Park Events
No events scheduled at this moment.
CA 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.
NOTE: Please remember that heat in the desert can be deadly! Most dirt roads in the park are suitable for four-wheel-drive vehicles ONLY, and even with 4WD, it is not wise to venture off-highway alone. Always carry (and DRINK) plenty of water, and make sure someone at home knows where you are going and when you plan to return!
August 27, 8:30 pm, on the roof of the Visitor Center
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.
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.
There is currently NO WATER at Bow Willow Primitive Camp.
SHEEP COUNT RESULTS
This year's count stands at 296 bighorn sheep. Click here for the full report.
WILDFLOWER UPDATE 5/2/16
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.
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.
Now 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.
Photos by Park Volunteer Sam Webb
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
For more information, please visit the link below:
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.
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
"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
Blossoms and Buds: Beavertail Cactus at the Visitor Center (S Theriault)
The pictures below are from previous years' wildflower seasons.
Orcutt Aster by Park Volunteer Mike Bigelow
Fishhook Cactus (Mammillaria)
photo by Park Volunteer Mike Bigelow
Desert Woolstar by Park Volunteer Mike Bigelow
Apricot Mallow by Park Volunteer Mike Bigelow
Phacelia (Wild Heliotrope)
photo by Park Volunteer Grace Clark
photo by Park Volunteer Grace Clark
Available Activities and Facilities at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
En route Campsites
Hike or Bike Campsites
RV Sites w/Hookups
RV Dump Station
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Restrooms / Showers
Drinking Water Available