Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs

Desert · Scenic Drive
Enjoy the desert landscape, flora, and fauna at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. From wildflowers, cacti, and California fan palms to coyotes, deer, and eagles, you can see a variety of native species. The park's most famous residents are the endangered desert bighorn sheep, but they are shy and seldom seen by the visitors. The park offers a selection of hiking trails through various landscapes that include badlands, mountains, and natural springs. You can choose a short desert excursion or stay longer at one of the park's campsites, which offer restrooms, showers, and campfire centers. You can connect to Wi-Fi in various locations throughout the park. When hiking, be sure to bring enough food, water, and sun protection. To visit Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and other attractions in Borrego Springs, use our Borrego Springs trip planning site.
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  • I had a great time hiking and driving around for a 2-day visit. I particularly recommend The Slot--a cool walk up an ultra-narrow canyon. The staff at the Park Headquarters were ultra-friendly and.....  more »
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  • We hiked the The Slot and then drove through a number of the roads. Do it in a convertible for a great experience!  more »
  • Beautiful place!! Many scenic views! Wonderful visitors' center with staff members there ready to answer your questions and tell you about the park. You can find maps of the whole park in the center, along with interactive learning stations for children. Around the visitors' center there are several concrete walking paths that loop around different fauna and even a wet pond like area. There are bathrooms here next to the parking lot and they were very clean. There are also picnic tables for you to use.
  • This was the perfect getaway from San Diego. I went for one night and saw some great wildlife. I’m not an advanced hiker by any means and I was alone but I felt really comfortable with the Palm Canyon Hike as a beginner and solo hiker, and I saw some sheep! Remember not to go later in the afternoon though because it gets dark earlier with the mountains. I will definitely go back at some point.
  • Beginner friendly camping and hiking. If you're willing to endure the 20 degree winter nights, the temperatures are perfect during the day, and cold enough around sunset to be cozy around a fire. If you're brave enough to camp while it's raining, when the skies clear lots of wildlife comes out. We encountered owls, roadrunners, rabbits, and listened to the yips of the coyotes at night. At least where we stayed, it is required to have a fire in a metal container. It's not that big of a deal (we got ours for $20), you can still have a real nice fire and you can re-use it.
  • GOREGOUS PLACE!!!! Free camping everywhere is a huge bonus. I camped off a road about 2 miles from the slot canyon, which is also near some sort of dune-buggy race track thingy. I could hear the little dune car things zooming around all night which was kinda bummer, but that's my own fault for not checking what was nearby before setting up camp. Just a heads up that you will not have a serene night if you camp near the slot canyon. It's a huge park with LOTS of other camping options though. I wish I had more time to explore and set up camp in another location. I'll be back!
  • Beautiful as always! We went Thanksgiving weekend 2020 and there were SO many people but it was still great. I guess everyone is just trying to get outta their homes after being cooped up all year.

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