Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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The largest state park in California is home to amazing flowers and plants which bloom in the early spring.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • soulefultraveler
    Sun City West, Arizona1,883 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the drive
    This is a HUGE park a few hours south of Palm Springs (VERY hot in summer). Beautiful landscapes. An extremely well done Welcome Center with several park rangers available for questions, etc. Hiking trails. Very remote - great star gazing at night.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 January 2024
  • Claire K
    Hove, United Kingdom1,913 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Day 11 of the American Adventure
    You don’t need to pay to get into this park because it’s all around you as you drive East to West on Route 78. Stunning views of ‘Big America’, mountains & plains & just space. It’s incredibly beautiful. And happening upon an Artefact of Attraction in Borrego Springs was the pinnacle.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 March 2024
  • Robert S
    San Diego, California4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the trek.
    Finally made out to the desert, we’ve been wanting to go for a bit and the drive isn’t far. Firstly I’ll say with recent rains and everything, it was a beautiful drive out from the coast. We saw wildflowers and lots of vegetation and once you hit the mntns are it’s like entering a different planet. To me it was just beautiful, once we arrived however it wasn’t much else going on. It’s great for place to get a change of scenery, so if that’s what your looking for then worth the trip. Check out the sculptures and walk around the visitor center and take it all in. But that’s about the extent of it.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 April 2024
  • Alix M
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful scenery and great campground
    Still many flowers especially on higher hikes like the horse trail. I stayed in campsite #93: plenty of space, a covered table which offered shade throughout the day, large firepit and BBQ. The nearby bathrooms were always clean, and there were showers with hot water!!! A sink, dish-washing sink, and feet or paw-cleaning sink were also available. Beautiful scenery, hikes within walking distance, and did I mention hot showers? No cell or wifi service though (T mobile)
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 22 April 2024
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Alix M
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Still many flowers especially on higher hikes like the horse trail.
I stayed in campsite #93: plenty of space, a covered table which offered shade throughout the day, large firepit and BBQ. The nearby bathrooms were always clean, and there were showers with hot water!!! A sink, dish-washing sink, and feet or paw-cleaning sink were also available.
Beautiful scenery, hikes within walking distance, and did I mention hot showers?
No cell or wifi service though (T mobile)
Written 22 April 2024
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Robert S
San Diego, CA4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Finally made out to the desert, we’ve been wanting to go for a bit and the drive isn’t far. Firstly I’ll say with recent rains and everything, it was a beautiful drive out from the coast. We saw wildflowers and lots of vegetation and once you hit the mntns are it’s like entering a different planet. To me it was just beautiful, once we arrived however it wasn’t much else going on. It’s great for place to get a change of scenery, so if that’s what your looking for then worth the trip. Check out the sculptures and walk around the visitor center and take it all in. But that’s about the extent of it.
Written 21 April 2024
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Lady Gigglemug
Monrovia, CA4,475 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Business
I ventured into the desert in search of rumored hordes of migratory hawks and the caterpillars they feast on. I hit the jackpot!! And walked away with a blossoming love for the California desert! What a magical place!

I visited in mid-March and to my surprise, parts of the desert floor were experiencing an explosion of blooms!!! Carpets of bright yellow desert sunflowers as far as the eye can see - all the way up to the mountain bases - sprinkled with generous mounds of shining white desert primrose and sprawling spreads of vibrant purple sand verbena!

The spring blooms really are quite a spectacle - drawing in the crowds to be sure. But the wildflowers also bring in thousands of caterpillars!! If you look closely, you’ll see worm after worm in all different colors! They’re the larvae of the Hummingbird Moth (aka White-lined Sphinx Moth - a very important pollinator) - and they’re also a favorite food of visiting Swainson’s Hawks!

The hawks migrate this way during spring in hopes of an abundance of easy prey - and they come in by the hundreds, sometimes thousands - swirling in huge clouds (an activity called “kettling”) along with all the turkey vultures - really incredible sight to see!!

These hawks are so loved that there’s even a local group called the Borrego Springs Hawk Watch that count them morning and evening during migration- I met up with the founder and some of the members and they’re just wonderful people! They lead Hawk viewing groups so google them if you’re interested. There’s even a recent documentary about them!

At a size of 585,930 acres, Anza Borrego is California’s largest state park. It’s found within the Colorado Desert in SoCal which is also part of the larger Sonoran Desert. It’s a dramatic, harsh landscape resplendent with alien plants that’ll have you feeling like you’re on another planet while you walk around lol. The surrounding mountains are colorful and beautiful- especially when the spring storms roll in - truly a magical place!

The park is massive and parts are spread out across the town of Borrego Springs - which included the Galleta Meadows sculptures that are also very much worth a visit.

The park has many hiking trails and a visitor center. Borrego Springs is a decent enough town to base yourself in while exploring but Julian is also a good choice. It’s a bit further away, but very quaint and historic with some of the best apple pie ever!

Apparently there are large populations of Big Horn Sheep here too - Borrego is the Spanish word for sheep after all lol…I didn’t see any but I’ll definitely be back to find them! I never realized the desert could be so beautiful and hold so much wildlife! Highly recommend a visit at least once in your life!
Written 18 April 2024
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Claire K
Hove, UK1,913 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
You don’t need to pay to get into this park because it’s all around you as you drive East to West on Route 78. Stunning views of ‘Big America’, mountains & plains & just space. It’s incredibly beautiful. And happening upon an Artefact of Attraction in Borrego Springs was the pinnacle.
Written 1 March 2024
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Gary H
Penticton, Canada506 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
The park is just plain amazing. It is very large, so plan to spend days. Flowers, art work views....a huge variety of directions and things to do.
Written 27 January 2024
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soulefultraveler
Sun City West, AZ1,883 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
This is a HUGE park a few hours south of Palm Springs (VERY hot in summer). Beautiful landscapes. An extremely well done Welcome Center with several park rangers available for questions, etc. Hiking trails. Very remote - great star gazing at night.
Written 23 January 2024
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nzp0ppy
New Zealand26,028 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
We walked through the box canyon and loved it. A totally fun place for families. The drive in is unsealed but suitable for all vehicles. Its $10 to park at the carpark. We then walked into the canyon and down to the wonderful cliffs with wind holes in them. There is an option to walk up the steep road and back along the road at the top back to the carpark, but we walked back through the canyon as it was so much fun. arches, boulders, cliffs, tight squeezes and caves. you need to be mobile and able to walk on uneven ground.
the sunset from the carpark was beautiful.
Written 9 January 2024
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Gene M
Port Saint Lucie, FL40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Out of the way is the only draw back to this park unless you like the road a little less traveled. Which we do.
Park staff were very knowledgeable, and typically California friendly. Bird life was abundant, no crowding and clean everything.

Our compliments,
Gene and Sally
Kamuela, Hawaii
Written 14 October 2023
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Rebecca Z
Mukwonago, WI143 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Amazing and beautiful place to visit on a recent trip to San Diego. Due to heat in excess of 110 degrees, we decided to do just one short hike - the slot canyon. It was stunning, and I'd never seen anything like it before. Trails aren't entirely well marked as you are on them, and the desert heat is no joke. Come prepared with water and maybe even a compass to help you make it back to the parking lot. Though we only spend a couple hours hiking, we did drive around the entire area to see the exquisite views the park had to offer.
Written 26 June 2023
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lorraine clay
Hexham, UK8 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
Roads need to be maintained to the pictograph trail, or advice given on the website to bring a 4x4.
Before leaving England I asked the San Diego rock art association for advice on access and was told the Anza Borrego pictograph trail was accessible without a 4x4.
Imagine my disappointment when about 2 miles out from the trail head we found the road washed out. Despite going up the hill to the left we could not see the trail clearly and had to abandon our mission after over 5000 miles.
The desert is fabulous, and I saw snakes and cactii, but that wasn't our primary goal.
Written 25 June 2023
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