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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.

walking
1 day ago

One of the best sunsets I’ve ever scene in my life. That being said would only really go for the sunset. The out and back 8 mile Hike is really an 8 mile off road sand drive. A lot of reviews say don’t drive it with it 4 wheel drive. Did it with a 2wd, just keep speed up and look for deep sand to step on the gas. Minimal hiking at the destination point. Worth the sunset, bring a bottle of wine for it. Leave quick gets really dark fast after sunset. Have fun!

Great trail but this is not for the faint of heart. This took us over 9 hours. It is about half trail and half rock and boulder scrambling. This does not lead all the way to the bridge. It does however lead to a great view of the bridge within Goat Canyon. The trail dead ends within a deep gorge at a 100ft drop off. The trek is fun and the views are great. My favorite part is dense population of Palm Trees at the trail start.
Cell signal pretty good for the first 2/3rds of the trail.

Great trail but this is not for the faint of heart. This took us over 9 hours. It is about half trail and half rock and boulder scrambling. This does not lead all the way to the bridge. It does however lead to a great view of the bridge within Goat Canyon. The trail dead ends within a deep gorge at a 100ft drop off. The trek is fun and the views are great. My favorite part is dense population of Palm Trees at the trail start.
Cell signal pretty good for the first 2/3rds of the trail.

hiking
2 days ago

Exceeds expectations! The trailhead is easier to find these days since the signage has improved. Recommend considering doing the loop clockwise to avoid having to clambor up the steep hill at the end.

hiking
3 days ago

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off road driving
16 days ago

Easy dirt trails weaving through a valley in a desert mountain range. There is a lot to do up here and many historic and archaeological goodies to see. The vegetation is still desert, but more lush than in the lower elevations of Anza-Borrego, there are a lot of great views and good campsites.

off road driving
16 days ago

A beautiful trail that leads towards a valley in the mountains above Borrego Springs. My understanding is that the road is closed at the halfway point to protect wildlife habitat near springs, but that it can be approached from above or below this point. I drive this lower portion. Narrow, rocky and bumpy, it's definitely best for high clearance and 4x4, especially the further along you get. This area often gets spectacular wildflowers in the spring.

off road driving
16 days ago

This trail is a must-do for anyone visiting Anza-Borrego in a 4x4 vehicle. It's easy-peasy, but due to the soft sand you want to avoid using a 2wd. Drive down a wash through the Borrego Badlands, then take a short stroll up a hill to see a view as vast as (if different than) the Grand Canyon. During spring there are usually nice wildflowers in the wash as well. Definitely one of the highlights of Anza-Borrego.

off road driving
17 days ago

off road driving
20 days ago

Very easy trail. Did it on my 17 outback with stock wheels. Very fun even the wife enjoyed it.

hiking
23 days ago

Isolated trail. Little to no shade so bring lots of water and go in the Spring or Fall. The conclusion of the hike was kind of disappointing. You see calcite pieces all over but it's not really a photo op type of situation.