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#23 of 90 state parks in California

Best trails in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

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Looking for a great trail in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California? AllTrails has 85 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 45 moderate trails in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park ranging from 0.9 to 32.8 miles and from 226 to 6,171 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

This beautiful state park offers hundreds of miles of dirt roads, and many hiking trails, offering incredible views of the California desert. The park is California's largest park, and popular with San Diegans. Wildlife lovers will have a chance to see roadrunners, golden eagles, kit foxes, mule deer, and big horn sheep in this incredible landscape. You'll also have the chance to see many varieties of wildflowers.

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Map of trails in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Park information
Acreage:
600,000 acres
Park hours
Monday
dawn - dusk
Tuesday
dawn - dusk
Wednesday
dawn - dusk
Thursday
dawn - dusk
Friday
dawn - dusk
Saturday
dawn - dusk
Sunday
dawn - dusk
Contact
760-767-5311
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Top trails (85)
#1 - The Slot
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 1 h 8 m
Slot Canyon is an unmaintained trail off a sand road and far from most visitor traffic. Flash floods formed the breathtaking slot canyon. At points, forty-foot high walls arch above a foot-wide canyonShow more
#2 - Maidenhair Falls via Hellhole Canyon Trail
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
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Length: 5.6 mi • Est. 2 h 55 m
Maidenhair Falls via Hellhole Canyon Trail is a 5.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Borrego Springs, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail ofShow more
#3 - Goat Canyon Trestle Bridge via Carrizo Gorge Road
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
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Length: 13.9 mi • Est. 8 h 26 m
Note: This trail is currently closed due to COVID-19. Warning: Users have reported that this trail is located on private property and you may be subjected to fines. Hikers report that the first tunShow more
#4 - Goat Canyon Trestle Bridge via Mortero Palms
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
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Length: 5.8 mi • Est. 3 h 58 m
Please be advised that there are closed tunnels on this path. Show more
#5 - Fonts Point
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
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Length: 7.9 mi
A must-see. Easy, short sand wash that ends overlooking badlands. View is spectacular, especially at sunset. Wouldn't recommend this for 2wd vehicles as it's very easy to get bogged down in the soft sShow more
#6 - Laguna Mountain Ridge via the PCT
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
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Length: 16.6 mi • Est. 8 h 10 m
This section of the Pacific Crest Trail, which runs from Mexico to Canada, offers expansive views of the desert to the east. The trail runs parallel to the Sunrise Highway for 16 miles with some beautShow more
#7 - Sandstone Canyon via Fish Creek Wash
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
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Length: 29 mi
OHV’s are not allowed in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, all vehicles must be highway legal.Show more
#8 - Calcite Mine Trail
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 1 h 57 m
Calcite Mine is just under 4 miles long and located near Borrego Springs, California. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes 2-3 hours. You start off on the rough jeep trail down to a wash wShow more
#9 - Pictograph Trail
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 20 m
Pictograph Trail is a 2.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mount Laguna, California that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of aShow more
#10 - Wind Caves Trail
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
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Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 32 m
Wind Caves Trail is a 0.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Borrego Springs, California that features a cave and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking aShow more
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