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, Arizona1,885 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 Kingdom1,919 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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Cliff K
Des Moines, IA778 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
California is blessed with many fine state parks and this is one of them and the largest in the state. It has a variety of areas from Badlands to Sandy washes to mountain high desert... Some people would call it the Colorado desert or the Sonoran desert you're almost on the western fringes of that area with Palm Springs probably being the most western and up in Joshua Springs you also have elements of the Mojave desert there. Basically you're in a desert environment so you have to be aware of having your own gear to survive if you need to. Common Sense should tell you you need to have plenty of sunscreen on plenty of water available and some sleeping gear in case your car gets stuck or broke. I would also recommend a basic first aid kit and of course some kind of cactus kit including needle nose pliers tweezers maybe duct tape and some Elmer's glue to remove cactus needles.
There are sidewinder rattlesnakes in the park but I believe they primarily are active at night. There was also the red diamond rattlesnake, and a couple other Rattlers so you have to have your radar out and make sure you have the right type of footgear and a hiking stick. You need to be able to look where you put your hands and where you step. The area also has mountain lions so you have to be aware of that as well. Just because it's close to San Diego and to Palm Springs doesn't mean you can slack off on your wilderness awareness. Having said that as an older hiker there are certain areas that are more accessible to people with limited ability than others. The wildflower areas are definitely accessible and very beautiful I would try to not go during the peak because it could be crowded. I went twice in February. there are also some hiking areas that are more accessible for people with limited ability than others. The visitor center and volunteers are a great resource plus everything that they sell in there goes to help maintain the park.
Written 10 April 2020
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Lan
Seattle, WA81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
Beautiful desert 🌵 hike at end of October Sunday. The temperature was cold in early morning and by dusk but it reached around 76F by noon.
We took a a 3-mile roundtrip hike at the end of the campsite inside the State Park. It was an easy hike with scenic nature. The end of our trail was greeted by a herd of horn-sheep coming out for dinner and water, not far from our parking site, a very pleasant end of our day-hike.
Written 31 October 2022
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Robert E
Long Beach, CA18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Friends
If you’re a dark sky enthusiast or really love the majesty of nature at extremes Anza is the perfect place.
From breathtaking view atop the cliffs above or sunsets over the washes and gully’s that stretch across the valley floor.
Your day will be filled with all the beauty and thrills
4 wheels are a must if you want to see the interior of this natural wonderland. For those with conventional transport try one of the trails over looking the valley floor.
Take plenty of water, food, and if your staying to see the stars bring warm clothes and a good pair of binoculars or telescope.
Check their website for closures and areas currently off limits do to Covid.
Primitive and Developed Campaign is available with advanced reservation.
Written 7 November 2022
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Steve Zorba
Torrance, CA195 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
A little something for everyone here! You can do an easy hike or difficult hike. You can drive around in your car from sculpture to sculpture with the A/C on. You can camp for a few days then drive your 4x4 around some cool terrains. You can spend 2 hours there or 2 days! Whatever your motivations, it's worth the visit. And if you're randomly stopping by, go to the visitor center so they can help you make the most of your time.
Written 27 January 2022
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Linda S
Berkeley, CA22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
I traveled with my family, husband, kids ages 12 and 9. My husband had been there as a kid and it was a first time for the rest of us. Also my first desert trip. Really I was knocked out. It was so beautiful and unique. The visitors center was awesome. One of the rangers, Regina gave a talk that was enjoyable. All the rangers were really knowledgeable and friendly. My 9 year old somehow didn't know what a visitors center was and said it seemed super boring and didn't want to go. But once she went there she said it was nothing like she imagined and that she loved it there. We did some hikes on our own (Borrego Palm Canyon) and had an amazing tour with California Overland (also highly recommended). Accommodations nearby are inexpensive and its a state park which added up to a very affordable and fun vacation.
Written 30 December 2021
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DonSpencer
Temecula, CA147 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The Anza Borrego Desert State Park is the beginning of a love affair with the desert. It is a must go and experience throughout the year so you can really see and feel how the desert changes with the seasons. Summertime is very hot and hiking is good very early morning with extra water! If you are fortunate you'll see the mountain sheep roaming around or the big furry tarantulas... beware or the rattle snakes but if you are really fortunate and the weather is perfect you'll want to see the desert come alive with wildflowers during a super bloom! Spectacular. Don't tell anyone about what I have shared because Borrego Springs is a small quiet community that should stay that way forever. But if you are driving through they have a great Farmer's Market every Friday October to April from 8 - noon. Food and treasures to be found and enjoyed...
Written 4 February 2020
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Mcation
San Diego, CA16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
I’ve gone out to the desert in late winter many times to see the flowers and this year late Winter 2023 was one of the best. It has been a wet past 6 months in Southern California. The floral display started early and is still worthwhile in early April. One of the longer blooming seasons I’ve experienced. This year the purple of Desert Verbena seemed to dominate in the Coyote Creek wild flower areas. The southern section off of Henderson Canyon Rd is also notable. I visited the June Wash area off the S-2 this season it is on the southwestern side of the park. It was ok but I always find Coyote Creek the more satisfying. Coyote Creek drains an immense area of mountains, so yes it’s more crowded…..all I will say is it’s never crowded before 9 am so I like to arrive at 7:30 by 9 am I’m done.
The most beautiful drive into Borrego Springs and the park from the northwest on the S-22. The park visitor center is great but not during wild flower season. Feb and March. You can find anything you need to know on the web. Going to the visitor center at this time of year, no parking, long lines and overworked well meaning employees. If you need a rest stop to freshen up. The restrooms at Christmas Circle are clean and well kept by the city. Google Maps has the wild flowers areas marked, The sculptures around town many had wild flowers around them too.
Enjoy.
Written 7 April 2023
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Grace L
Chesapeake, VA13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
I didn’t realize a desert could be so impressive. Just seeing nature as we drove along was a beautiful experience. We were here in late January, and there were flowers out already. Even the Visitor Center is nice. It is built into a hillside and given a stone facade. Nice views, short trail, and friendly, helpful staff. We did not do some of the trails, as we had expected to do, instead opting to see the metal sculptures - Galleta Meadows. Will have to come back for the trails.

All are very impressive - the sculptures themselves as well as the way they are laid out. And it is. Dry easy to drive around to them. My favorite was the Miner. With a road behind them and plants around, the man is on his knees, a pan in his hands, with his donkey behind him. It appears as if they had been traveling down the road when something caught his eye and he started panning for gold.
Written 2 February 2023
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SDLocal
San Diego, CA121 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
I have been going to the Anza Borrego State Park since I was a child. It feels different every season. It gets extremely hot in the Summer, cool and comfortable in the Fall, cold in the winter and warm in Spring. Take your time and don't try to see the entire park in one day. Decide what you want to see, where you want to go and take your time. You don't need a 4 wheel drive to get to the majority of places. Be safe. Go to the Visitor center first and find out what to see and do.
Written 23 February 2020
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JeepMom05
Solana Beach, CA358 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 • Family
We visited Font’s Point, the Calcite mines, the Cayon Sin Nombre trail, did the very fun Diablo Dropoff, Fish Creek Wash, the Wind Caves & the Elephant Tree. Camped off the Calcite mine trail and in the Fish Creek Wash area below the Wind Caves trail. Was 70’F day & down to 34’F last night! Just wonderful, scenic & ever-changing trails! We drove a new Jeep Rubicon and a Toyota 4Runner, and DID need 4WD & LO-range for parts of the trails, so come prepared!
Written 19 February 2021
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