wild flowers


nature trips

kid friendly


off road driving

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.

2 days ago

More of a walk then a hike . This trial is very well maintained easy and I believe wheelchair accessible all the way to the overlook . Nice views of Borrego Springs and beyond . There are a lot more trials here in all directions . We have hiked here many times and still haven't hit all the trials that can be reached from this one area

This hike starts out flat and easy with wildflowers everywhere you look . Be sure to explore a little bit for some great views and rock climbing . The trail can be difficult to fellow at times as it branches off in many different directions but keep your eyes open and you will be fine . We did it during the super bloom and were rewarded with some of the biggest cactus blooms we had ever seen . All in all a great hike

Not very difficult. Follow google maps to the shell station then turn right to go down dirt road to which you will enter De Anza trailer pro which, yes, is a clothing optional community. Follow signs to the office. She will guide you from there after paying 5$.

I started early at 8:45am on a Saturday and was back by 5:30 pm. Saw maybe 3 other people. I hiked well past the last Trestle past the other parking lot so it took me a little longer. All in all I did 21.7 miles. 96 degrees and was not bad. It's not difficult bc it's so flat and soooo beautiful and quiet but is as long as you desire it to be.

Bring lamps. Water if your nutrition isn't adequate. I didn't see any snakes but others have noted otherwise.

Amazing, beautiful, stunning, silent, peaceful...hike. Highly suggest.

A great hike and love the views. To get to the trail head you need to take Di Giorgio road till it ends and continue on the sandy road.

I couldn't find the dragon and a few others. Got most of them tho.

off road driving
13 days ago

High clearance four wheel drive is necessary. This is probably one of the most secluded places in ABDSP in part because it's not very accessible. Baily's cabin is great place to spend the weekend. Motorized vehicles are not allowed past Upper Willows. It is clearly marked with park signs. There is no through access to Borrego Springs and if your caught trying to drive through the fines are steep.

15 days ago

Trail is relatively easy until the end where you have to scramble over rocks. Wear shoes with good traction. You also have to cross the steam a couple of times. Trail is marked well until near the end where we were left wondering where we should be. We made a few oops and had to turn back. There is zero shade or places to rest so wear a wide brimmed hat and take plenty of water. The oasis is pretty. You go from desert and killer sun to palm trees and shade. I would go earlier in the day than we did to save yourself some of the heat. Glad I went once but not a trip I would do again. There is a $10 fee. There's a yellow ticket to put in your window. A ranger did drive through and check for them when were coming back to our car.

Just dont forget a hat or something to shield the sun!! Cant recommend that enough!

off road driving
20 days ago

Well maintained dirt roads with a lot of secluded campsites. Bathrooms at the Blair Valley entrance. Hike all of the trails off the road, you won't be disappointed! Pictographs, Morteros, and Marshal South Home trails are all quick, easy, and well worth the effort.

20 days ago

This hike ends atop a dry waterfall overlooking the valley below. The weekend rains brought snow to the Lagunas and a partial rainbow in the early morning light. We saw one boulder with pictographs and on the right just before the end of the trail are numerous morteros.

20 days ago

A quick easy hike through a beautiful canyon.

The trail to the Marshal South home. Hike to the peak of Ghost Mountain, about a mile further, for bonus points!