Explore the most popular walking 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.

hiking
19 days 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
19 days 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

28 days 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.

1 month 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.

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
1 month 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.

I took the trail on Sunday and I didn’t see some areas in the pics people took the ones where you drive between the rocks the trails were never that wide and couldn’t find that area and I drove everywhere and didn’t see those spots

hiking
2 months ago

Go early in the morning if you can to avoid the high heat. It is a fairly easy hike. The areas through the slot are not very big. Bring lots of water and sunscreen. 4WD is not required to get to the trailhead parking lot, but not sure I would recommend going with a low ground clearance car.

Great Trail

Long hike but not able to reach the climax of the hike because the path is blocked off... I do like the tunnels and the fact that it is not crowded... we are the only (3) in the path... one time hike for me...

on Wind Caves Trail

3 months ago

It was pretty dope. Stay Hydrated. Be respectful, clean up after yourself. Use sun block, take a hat. If you know how to drive you won't need a 4x4 to get to the hiking area, but it's recommended.

This trail appears to be officially dead, if you want to get a look at the trestle you are going to have to do it for Mortero Palms and view it from Anza Borrego property.

The tracks leading to it from both ends are part of the Pacific Imperial Railways right of way through Anza Borrego State Park. I think you can still legally get close enough to see it, you just can't go into the 100 yard right of way of the rail company.

Loved this trail!! Saw a bunny and some Bighorn sheep while on this trail!

off road driving
3 months ago

Some moderately rough spots but my stock 2002 Land Cruiser didn’t have any issue with any of it. Recommend for some fun wheelin.

3 months ago

Great hike! Rock climbing, long hike and great views. :)

Great road, good starter trail for those looking to try out offroad driving. We camped as well, which was very windy but a great time. Fantastic view of the night sky. Also, the wind caves are a short hike off of the main wash. Overall, highly recommend taking a trip out this way.

off road driving
4 months ago

Took the FJ Cruiser with the family. Easy and lots of fun. Very tranquil sites to see. Can be done with 2wd but don’t stop in the sand.

hiking
4 months ago

If your in the area you must stop and see the slot. It’s so amazing. Easy to get to from the 78. No 4wd needed.

off road driving
4 months ago

Took the family in the FJ Cruiser and had no problem taking this trail on. Would recommend if you do decide to cross the rock slide area then have at least 4wd and a lift. Very spiritual and very tranquil.

on Cactus Loop Trail

hiking
4 months ago

Great first Off Road Adventure in our new Tacoma!

pretty awesome hike. start point is next the a water tower. I super highly recommend to drive a truck or SUV to this start point. you'll be driving off a road onto a dirt bumpy pathway for about 1.5 miles. parking is free.

you'll go through about 4 tunnels, 2 train cars on the side of the mountain. that's about it. kind of not as exciting from and four to 5 mini trestle bridges the other start point (which I haven't tried yet). the trestle bridge itself is amazing! if youre a daredevil, you can climb through the beams under the track and get some killer photos.

bring lots of water and snacks cause 14 or so miles round trip is not easy.

off road driving
4 months ago

Incredible views if you get out of the car and climb up some of these rock mounds. Things are super unstable so be careful. As for the off-roading- I wanted to test my new Subaru and it took a beating. I could get everywhere a Jeep could until I encountered a narrow passage that would have certainly dented the exterior but that was many miles deep. Go out there, be far from humanity, get naked, yell from the hill tops, have fun

off road driving
4 months ago

Some of the best views I've seen offroading. Easy trip but I recommend goin in the winter. We went during the summer months and it was 104 degrees. The rock slide is easy in a jeep .

Flat hike. Heard there was some big horn sheep here but we didn’t see any. Made it with my 3 year old. No shade.

5 months ago

the slot trail was easy and down a dirt road so passing in a car is impossible, there is another dirt road path that starts on the other side of the slots. We encountered a few other groups in the slots but only 2 once out of them. the slots themselves are fun for the family and windcaves can be found about half a mile past that.

Wonderful trail! Have seen bighorn sheep many times. Hot this time of year; drink water!
Horses are not allowed.

It was a pretty good trail, don’t think I was allowed to do it on a dual sport but I did it anyway. The soft sand was ruff haha. I probably wouldn’t do it again because of my off road vehicle, but there is definitely beauty in desert scenery.

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