#16 of 90 state parks in California

Best trails in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

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Looking for a great trail in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California? AllTrails has 84 great hiking trails, running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 44 moderate trails in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park ranging from 0.9 to 32.8 miles and from 226 to 6,171 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description
This beautiful state park offers hundreds of miles of dirt roads, and many hiking trails, offering incredible views of the California desert. The park is California's largest park, and popular with San Diegans. Wildlife lovers will have a chance to see roadrunners, golden eagles, kit foxes, mule deer, and big horn sheep in this incredible landscape. You'll also have the chance to see many varieties of wildflowers.
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Map of trails in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Park information
Acreage:
600000 acres
Park hours
Monday
dawn - dusk
Tuesday
dawn - dusk
Wednesday
dawn - dusk
Thursday
dawn - dusk
Friday
dawn - dusk
Saturday
dawn - dusk
Sunday
dawn - dusk
Contact
760-767-5311
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Top trails (84)
#1 - Borrego Palm Canyon
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 29 m
There may be temporary closures due to a fire. Please check with the park before visiting: http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=638 Borrego Palm Canyon is the most popular trail in California's largest sShow more
#2 - The Slot
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 1 h 8 m
Note: As of May 2020, the parking lot is closed so it’s and additional 2.5 mile walk to get to the parking lot for the start of the hike. Slot Canyon is an unmaintained trail off a sand road and farShow more
#3 - Maidenhair Falls via Hellhole Canyon Trail
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
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Length: 5.6 mi • Est. 2 h 55 m
To prevent the spread of COVID-19 there is currently no vehicle access to this trail or others in the park. See here for more info: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=30355Show more
#4 - Goat Canyon Trestle Bridge via Carrizo Gorge Road
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
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Length: 13.9 mi • Est. 8 h 26 m
Note: This trail is currently closed due to COVID-19. Hikers report that the first tunnel is closed and another one is also gated off. Both of those closed tunnels offer detours. Warning: You may beShow more
#5 - Goat Canyon Trestle Bridge via Mortero Palms
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
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Length: 5.8 mi • Est. 3 h 58 m
Please be advised that there are closed tunnels on this path. Show more
#6 - Fonts Point
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
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Length: 7.9 mi
A must-see. Easy, short sand wash that ends overlooking badlands. View is spectacular, especially at sunset. Wouldn't recommend this for 2wd vehicles as it's very easy to get bogged down in the soft sShow more
#7 - Sandstone Canyon via Fish Creek Wash
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
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Length: 29 mi
OHV’s are not allowed in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, all vehicles must be highway legal.Show more
#8 - Laguna Mountain Ridge via the PCT
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
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Length: 16.6 mi • Est. 8 h 10 m
This section of the Pacific Crest Trail, which runs from Mexico to Canada, offers expansive views of the desert to the east. The trail runs parallel to the Sunrise Highway for 16 miles with some beautShow more
#9 - Calcite Mine Trail
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 1 h 57 m
Calcite Mine is just under 4 miles long and located near Borrego Springs, California. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes 2-3 hours. You start off on the rough jeep trail down to a wash wShow more
#10 - Whale Peak
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
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Length: 9 mi • Est. 5 h 3 m
Googling or using the app for driving directions to the trailhead may bring you to the wrong place. You need to take the first dirt road you pass off of S2 coming from Scissors Crossing, not the seconShow more
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