wild flowers

nature trips


off road driving

kid friendly


trail running


no dogs

mountain biking

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 varied desert terrain and habitats, 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. Many visitors approach from the east via Highways S22, S2, or 78. Visitors from San Diego and other points west arrive via Highways 79 and 78 can have the added pleasure of driving through the mountainous Cuyamaca Rancho State Park--quite a different experience from Anza-Borrego. The highways from the west 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 Santa Rosa Mountains on the north side of this basin are notably grand. The surrounding mountains are 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 wary in their defense against predators. A patient few observers each year see and count them, to learn how this endangered species is coping with human encroachment.

Great views.

Fun hike. Enjoyable. Moderate.

Epic hike with amazing views and tons of places to camp. The trail can be a little tricky towards the end as it washes out. Kinda just becomes a rock scramble free for all. Lots of cool spots to chill, and plenty of mini peaks to bag. Would be a great place to do some orienteering as well. I will definitely be back to this one.

Really beautiful trail, especially after all this rain. Did an attempt at Indianhead Mountain, but took the wrong ridge up like a dope and got stuck at about 3000 ft. Had to call it for the day after that. This trail here though is really pretty and easy to get lost on as the real trail disappears around the first palm grove. Defintely looks like a cool backpacking trip, and I will be back for Indianhead very soon. Trust.

Even after the substantial recent rains the falls were not flowing yesterday. It was still a very worthwhile hike with some really unique scenery, especially deeper into the canyon. I'd do it again, especially when the falls are flowing!

9 days ago

Was there just a couple days ago. Such an amazing place! There was a good amount of people there enjoying it, but it wasn't at all crowded.

off road driving
9 days ago

Always amazing, especially this time of year. With the recent rains, there's far less dust. 1/7/2017 an amazing day to be out there, with weather in the low 60's and no wind and beautiful skies. Even when it gets busy out there it never feels crowded.

10 days ago

Trail isn't very obvious and it can be easy to stray from it unintentionally. The end has rocks to climb though and the view it will provide of the oasis is beautiful. Highly recommend if you are in the area.

17 days ago

Very interesting hike! The canyon gets pretty deep at some points and there are tons of ledges that you can climb onto which is a plus since I enjoy bouldering. Definitely worth it to also check out the visitor center and learn more about what caused the slot area to form.

18 days ago

23 days ago

Worth the effort. Not running on 12/21/16, but I can't wait to gobback when it is.

30 days ago

Beautiful and amazing! As described, there's a short scramble down a rocky path to get to the trail. Did not keep going around the "loop" as it seemed the road just went on and on. turned back and walked through the slot again and walked right past the trail ò to the parking lot. oops. figured it out eventually. highly recommend this hike.

1 month ago