The Morteros in Anza Borrego Desert State Park

EASY 4 reviews

The Morteros in Anza Borrego Desert State Park is a 0.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Julian, CA and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from October until April.

0.5 miles 60 feet Out & Back

kid friendly


no dogs

A super short (1/2 mile round-trip), but scenic historic hike to an old Native American site located within Anza Borrego Desert State Park.

6 months ago

amazing to see all the morteros, looks like we stepped back in time going to this short trail.

1 year ago

Very short walk. Not much of a hike but interesting historical value. The morteros are well-marked. Great for kids or people who can't really hike. Easy access and parking.

4 years ago

Cool Place, I love the history.

5 years ago

This trail is really more of a "nature" trail in length than a hike, but is definitely worth the stop due to its cultural and historic value. Since it's so near the Petroglyphs trail, we recommend combining the two. Its close proximity to Highway 78 and the west end of the park makes it a great little stop on your way in our out of Anza Borrego. (Date hiked: April 12, 2009.) Read the full write-up at: