Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

The trail is open!!!
No construction crew what so ever, looks like they have a lot of repairing to do.
Just park your car at the resort, pay $10,- and you’re off!
Bring lots of water, very hot in June.

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.

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.

Easily one of my favorite hikes I've ever done. Definitely one of a kind! If you're nervous about the distance, don't be. The other trails to get to the trestle might be shorter, but they require a lot of scrambling and don't feature all the graffiti trains and tunnels. We walked through 13 tunnels one way!

The walk was flat and easy and completely worth all the views. $5/person is worth it to park at the nudist camp. They're all nice people and not creepy- promise. Use great care when playing on the trains and the trestle, but don't make any more excuses for not going. You'll love it.

Fun fun fun!!!

Fun fun fun!!!!
No problems as far as being stopped by patrol.
Parked at DeAnza, paid 5 dollars EACH. It's getting hot, so if heat is an issue, I'd wait until it cools down.
Headlight, flashlight, and a lot of water. I have 3L camelback and two bottles and drank all of it.
Really interesting trail, with a lot of photo ops, so keep your camera ready!!
If you are afraid of heights, prepare for some adrenaline rushes as you cross bridges, but so much fun, you'll want to push on!

This hike was a lot of fun! Went on Saturday, temps were high, but manageable with shady parts, and the tunnels were nice and cool. Completely flat trail, but fairly long in the heat. Bring flashlights/headlamp for tunnels, but make sure to look up and check out the cool bats! We didn't run into anyone saying we were trespassing, and there are definitely no signs, still a clearly marked trail. We were charged $10 to park, which I thought was odd, but all in all, a great hike!

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

off road driving
12 days 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.

Hey does anyone know if the trail is closed yet and how would you be able to find out ?

Thanks , hoping to go this Sunday :)

A nice trail! but in a wrong weather - 90 °F with no shadow during the walk - I started at 9:30am and returned around 1:30pm because I played drone there... I would say hiking in June is really not a good idea, lol. I parked my car at Deanza Springs Resort with paid $5 registration fee in the office. Don't forget to bring your headlight because some tunnels are dark and long, don't forget to bring enough water and don't forget to start your hiking early when the weather is cool. Enjoy!

Great hike. The terrain you hike on constantly shifts from train track to bridge or to tunnels. The entire trip from the resort to the trestle and back was about 16 miles if you like to explore around a bit. The hike had no elevation gain and was rather easy but the desert summer heat is really cruel and can wear you down really hard on hot days.

Anyway, this hike will be permanently close in 2-4 weeks so go while it ‘s still available.

Great walk! We started a little before 9 AM so the hike there was fairly cool, but the way back was brutal sun/heat. Definitely bring lots of water! Echo what other posters have said below- the construction crew told us the trail would be permanently closed in 2 weeks and anyone walking would be cited for trespassing. Recommend getting this in before it’s gone.

Also- bring a flashlight! Some of the tunnels are very dark and you need to watch for possibility of snakes (we didn’t see any).

24 days ago

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

Get it while you can. Crew working on tracks said within 2-3 weeks everything will be off limits due to explosives, rebuilding and ultimately tracks put back to use. Well worth the trek.

hiking
26 days ago

05/26/2018, enjoyed the hike on a very cold day! After 4.9 miles of off-road to get to the Trailhead, you start on the north side of the PCT. Ducks are positioned to make it up the slippery Bucksnort Mt to Combs Peak! Thrilled to sign the Peak Log and locate all 3 Geological Benchmarks! Rallied up 6.02 RT miles and 1,666 ft. elevation gains. Lastly, met a few first PCT hikers to attempt the entire journey!

off road driving
1 month ago

Did this trail in a stock JL Sahara no issues, definitely don’t suggest doing in anything bigger then a wrangler as there was a few spots where it was a squeeze.

Had a great time here. Fun offroad driving, difficult at times, but beautiful scenery. We camped off of the trail, which was very nice. We will absolutely be back again once the weather gets cooler.

hiking
1 month 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.

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.

Such a fun trek! Long, but well worth the activity along the way. Bring lots of water.

off road driving
1 month ago

Great off road trail to have some fun. There is one point where the trail gets narrow and my LX470 barley fit without scraping the sliders. I wouldn't try this trail with anything wider than a Land Cruiser. I run a 2.5 inch lift and didn't have any problems. Here is a video of one of the side trails. https://youtu.be/uYjpzd3OtK0

awesome hike but take lots of water. There is not a lot of shade on the trail. Perfect for groups and family's.

off road driving
1 month ago

What a great trail for off roading! The drive from ocotillo is long and on a desolate road. Once you get on the trail it cover all sorts of terrain including, sand, rocks, on hill climbs.
The trial is not very technical, I would rate it a 3 out of 10.
I did this in a Jeep Wrangler and it was a fun trip.

Great walk and not too crowded. The common trailhead is inside De Anza Spring Resort ($5/person) but there are 3-4 free roadside spots on the north side of the I-8 on the dirt road. Don't park by the gas station and subway, that's 2mi away on a boring dirt road with trucks flying down it. That's an extra 4 (boring) miles you'd have to do.
The hike itself has ZERO elevation, the spikes you see are for goal trails on the side of the tunnels, don't take them and instead enjoy the shade of the tunnels. Do the hike to the bridge quickly then take photos of everything when coming back.
Hike in: 2hrs // Hike out: 3hrs (photos and slower pace)
It's a cake walk, we didn't even drink any water until we had lunch at the bridge.

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.

2 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.

This trail is beast.

Advice: lots of water; I went through 4L on trail. Shoes with grippy tread and gloves for boulder hopping. Long pants or your legs will look like you've walked through barbed wire. Do not attempt if your cardio is weak or you get lost easily.

The payoff is completely amaze-balls. I highly recommend it.

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