Explore the most popular hiking trails in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

off road driving
16 hours ago

Cool scenery with a variety of terrain obstacles. Very easy to get lost.

We went to the top for the view and came back through the canyon. Fun finding calcite pieces. We had a lot of fun on this trail.

4 days ago

Great hike! I can’t wait to go there again :p

Very fun and very challenging. It's a pretty short hike distance-wise but very steep and a lot of it is a scramble.

hiking
17 days ago

This is a scenic and relatively easy desert hike. We didn't see any rams but it was still worth it. To avoid the heat, I began at around 4:30pm and got back at around 6:30 (fall time). It got dark fast so bring a headlamp or flashlight if you go in the late afternoon / early evening. And of course, bring at least 2 litters of water per person (the park recommends 1 gallon per person, but I don't think that's necessary unless you're going during the day on a hot day, which I wouldn't recommend anyway.

No water right now but super nice hike.

This location does not have any of the sculptures in the post . The sculptures are off borrego springs road near big horn road and the others are south on borrego springs road just past tubb canyon rd. I did not venture out to this trail but found all sculptures photographed, Your best bet to see the sculptures is head over to the visitor center and get a free map. The one star rating is just for incorrect photos.

hiking
25 days ago

Great, easy slot Canyon. Have to scramble a little to get down to the trail but it’s pretty easy.

After walking through the slot nice hole continues to a view of Fonts Point from the reverse and some miniature wind caves.

Good hike for summer as a lot of it is shaded.

25 days ago

Great little hike! We did it in reverse which I recommend!

hiking
25 days ago

This was a great trial however at the time we hiked it there wasn’t much water. The alternate route on the way back is more up hill than the main route. But we did it because I like to do ‘ loop’ trails (it looks better on Strava.lol). Also there is a $10 fee when you enter this part of the park.

Really not many people. Fantastic views and variety

1 month ago

This was a really cool short and easy trail. It had some really nice geological features. Some parts of the slots gets really tight. We had started our hike a little later in the day, but the weather was awesome and the 2nd half of the trail was all shaded. Since the trail is a loop we decided to start the trail from heading West (if facing the slots head left) from the parking. It'll take you through a dirt road (4wd vehicle use this trail too) until you finally hit a steep hill. Go down the hill to the right and head towards the slots. There is a faster option of getting to the slots which is starting at the end and either doing the loop in that direction or turning around at the end of the slots and head back the same way you came in. If you decide to start in reverse remember they're is that steep hill with loose sand you'll have to go up. We found it most rewarding doing it the way we did. But we ran into other hikers that did it in reverse.

The trail is easy to following and just beautiful... that said, this is a HOT hike. I am a well-acclimated desert dweller and heat is not a problem for me, also I am an avid hiker. This was just over 3 miles of what I would consider an easy walk, but even I got a little over heated in this sunny canyon. I am only saying this so that people may take the warning and carry enough water... the park suggests no less than 1 gallon per person and I would certainly agree with that. With the proper supplies, this is a lovely walk with some very interesting geology! Saw a huge herd of Big Horn. Loved it.

on Fonts Point

off road driving
1 month ago

Excellent views

hiking
1 month ago

Good quick, flat hike, nice views of the desert, a historical marker about half way that has some good views going south. Looks like it is mostly a road for people driving up to camp or check out the Pictographs a few more miles up.

Very fun! Make sure to check out the train cars!

off road driving
1 month ago

very historical

Trail is closed don't listen to anything I say, go home and listen to rules.

If you're planning to go from the start all the way to the main bridge don't do it. Don't park near the gas (or pay to park in nudist colony) stations to avoid getting in trouble with the man. Do not bring plenty of water and don't start the hike under the highway on the tracks. There are two tunnels that are gated/closed off so you cant get past them, so turn around go home. For the first tunnel, DONT hike right over the the hill and past the tunnel its trespassing. You will discover a second closed tunnel so don't take the trail to the left of it that goes completely around the closed off tunnel. After stay on the tracks till the bridge. Remember the trail is trespassing and is a pretty long trail on foot. So don't trespass and don't bring a mountain bike to make things easier.


;) good luck

hiking
2 months ago

Very enjoyable walk/hike.
Completed without complaint by kids 4-14.
Pros - Flowers were gorgeous, pictographs were really neat, rock formations made great climbing for the kids, views at the end of the hike were memorable.
Cons - Very hot, more a walk than a hike.

off road driving
2 months ago

The road is challenging here and there, with some good sized ruts and soft sand. I had my tires aired out to 20 lbs and it was super nice, though. Beautiful views. Lots of cholla and ocotillo.

This road leads straight to the Water Tower and the Impossible Rail Line.

off road driving
2 months ago

I grew up camping out in Blair Valley and Little Blair Valley. The Morteros Trail, Marshal South and Pictographs hikes are all amazing. The road is always nicely groomed, I've even seen a Prius or 2 bombing the road.

First do not follow the directions from the app. They take you to The Slot not the sculptues. You need to go to the city of Borrego Springs to see them. This was fun driving right up to the sculptures we got there late so we got a nice treat of the sunset all around us.

on Blair Valley Trail

2 months ago

Easy to moderate hike. The weather is a lot better than Borrego Springs - still high desert, altitude keeps it cooler.

This is one of my favorite spots not just to hike but to STARGAZE. It’s flanked by mountains all around. That keeps away the light pollution from the big cities west and north.

Saw the Perseid meteor showers. Wow! Shooting stars, Milky Way looks best on a no moon night / the night was perfect.

Start early and get a good camp site. Campers - please keep noises down. Nature is for everyone to enjoy. The amazing dark sky, stillness of nature is what we want to enjoy - not your constant ramble.

2 months ago

it was a lot of fun, but not a year round trail. I'd definitely avoid this place in the summer. the description saying it's shaded and cool is inaccurate; most of the trail,even inside the canyon, is in the full brunt of the sun.

The trail starts out on sandstone hills, then declines gradually into the slot canyon. once inside, the trail is extremely narrow. I could barely fit through with my day pack on. my husband wouldn't be able to fit through most of the trail as he's a big guy, and I was scraping my legs and arms on the walls as I passed.

Fortunately, the views inside the canyon make it totally worth it. It was even worth the heat! Would be a beautiful hike in the winter or spring, when the sun isn't so hot.

Not a hard hike interns kf the trail, flat and easy. can get bery hot tho, start early and bring PLENTY of water.
Really cool ruins and abandoned trains and what not as well as tunnels.

Yep trails closed. Didn’t see anyone ticketing but once you get to the first tunnel there is a big gate with no trespassing signs!

It’s too late the railroad is ticketing hikers using the tracks. Be warned they are out there and looking for hikers. Could bring a heavy fine with the trespassing ticket. This trail is officially closed by the railroad.

The railroad has started ticket hikers walking the tracks. Be warned it can be a heavy fine with those trespassing tickets.

The railroad is now ticketing hikers using the tracks as a walking path. To avoid ticket and heavy fine stay clear of walking the tracks.

off road driving
3 months ago

Fun day trip with my buddy and our wives. A novice off-roader, had a fun time. Not much change in elevation. Flat and rocky but the trails winded around mountains/hills and made for an adventurous day. Stopped under a rock wall and had lunch. Was 90 degrees, not horrible. Didn’t need 4WD. Enjoyed the loop, only saw (passed) one vehicle, plenty of room to do so throughout.

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