nature trips

wild flowers

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.

My favorite hike in the entire county. Absolutely epic! I've also since read you can continue on past the oasis and trek up to the summit of Indianhead Mountain, but it's hella gnarly and probably would require backpacking one night. That hike's not on here, anybody done it?

off road driving
5 days ago

We started on the side of highway 78 and ended on Montezuma. The drive was very doable in our off road equipped Ram. We were in 4 wheel drive the whole time for our comfort but can be done in 2 wheel drive with off road tires. In some places the bushes make it narrow but can be avoided if you take it slow. The last mile had no trespassing signs but the road doesn't get close to the homes so just drive right through and don't worry about it. This trail can easily be done in less than a hour. Have fun!

Nice trail. I went mid June when it was 100 degrees out. Not too much shade around. Very easy climb. Good enough to take kids on. Bring plenty of water and also more water.

23 days ago

23 days ago

Did this one the other day and is a good hiking for kids. We tried to locate the Elsinore Fault but we couldn't find it because we don't exactly know where and what it looks like.

Just completed it today. Amazing views, worth the hike. Definitely bring tons of water, frog togs, etc. Did the hike in about 105-110 but don't regret it. Mostly worth it for the pure solitude. The odds of you coming across another person on this hike are slim to none. Just take your time and make sure you have shoes with good traction. Lots of sharp drop offs on narrow trails with uneven rock beds. If you love peace and solitude, do this hike!

28 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.