Lower Coyote Canyon Drive

EASY 17 reviews

Lower Coyote Canyon Drive is a 18.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Borrego Springs, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

18.1 miles
1,033 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly



nature trips

off road driving

scenic driving


wild flowers




no dogs

5 months ago

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.

off road driving
7 months ago

Really fun trail. First few miles are pretty open and fast paced. At about 7-8 mikes in you come to a steep very rocky uphill climb. Lots of big loose rocks. High clearance a must. I put it in 4L to make it easier. After that it opens up again and leads you out to the valley and continues on to the rest of Coyote Canyon. There were 2 water crossings. Not too deep

off road driving
9 months ago

Great way to spend a few hours putting around. We did this no problem in a stock Jeep. There was a lot of traffic on the trail but pretty easy to take turns passing on the trail. We explored both forks at the end of the trail sheep canyon and middle willows. Middle willows was a lot more rocky but fun! Looks like a great camp sight.

off road driving
Monday, October 02, 2017

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
Monday, August 28, 2017

beautiful wildflowers! had to turn back though water crossing too deep. highly recommend though

Friday, June 23, 2017

Spent 5 days in the interior. Located my old "Sweat Lodge". My journey was Resolved! Good Day!

off road driving
Monday, March 13, 2017

Easy trail, one nice extremely Rocky steep hill... stock Jeep took it no problem.. due to recent rains there were 2 water crossings.. one was fairly decent 200 foot stretch almost door height on my Wrangler... the other was two large puddles with a nice mud bog in the middle.. most of the trail is 2 wheel drive.. and there is a ton of wildflowers... but also a ton of people..

off road driving
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Nice, doable by 2wd

off road driving
Saturday, July 16, 2016

I've been up this a few times and each time it's great, the trail up is pretty easy if you have a high clearance vehicle and there's great camping at the top where it flattens out. An excellent spot to camp out and be away from the general groups roaming the desert in the winter time. And you can't beat the view in the morning when the sun comes up and hits the mountains around you.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Nice drive through desert. Recommend 4wd and high ground clearance but it's an easy drive. There is one somewhat rocky area up a moderately steep section but it isn't a challenge for a Jeep. I did most of the trail in 2wd.

I went in March and it was god-awful hot, about 97. That's why I marked the conditions as "fair." There were so many flies it was intolerable. I drove with the windows up and the AC cranked high.

There was no water in any of the crossings when I was there in March. Also, it seemed like the trail was moved so that it wouldn't pass through or over the water (if there were any) as it seems to have done in the past.

Beware that this is a seasonal trail. It usually is closed from June through September but the dates can change depending on the water level.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

This is a very pretty drive.

Our hope was to make it all the way to Sheep Canyon so we could car camp at the primitive camp site there and explore Sheep and Cougar canyons as day hikes. Our Subaru Forester did fine until we reached the Bypass Road, which requires lower gearing and a couple of inches more clearance than my Forester has. We made it up the first pitch of the Bypass and set up camp. The next half mile of the Bypass is very rocky and has a few obstacles that would have stopped us, so we hiked from here to the Sheep Canyon primitive camp and back as day hike.

If you can make it up the Bypass road, there are many miles of easy dirt road through the upper valley.

scenic driving
Monday, November 07, 2011

Anza Borrego SP is Awesome. We had our map fly out the window and its so empty here we could back up on the highway....lol

off road driving
5 months ago

off road driving
8 months ago

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Sunday, October 09, 2016

off road driving
Sunday, March 15, 2015