Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs

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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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  • Walking trails to show the wildlife of the desert in Borrego Springs. The interactive centre has displays and touristy stuff for sale  more »
  • Excellent visitor center for the massive park. Many places to see with historic value as well as the natural surroundings. Best with a 4 wheel drive vehicle. Pick the right time of year as temperature...  more »
  • Yes...that is a camaro in soft sand. Yes it made it out alive . I've never really been to a desert before but I'd like to think this place qualified. Soft sand, trails, cacti for miles...it was really...  more »
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  • My favorite park in the state park system! It feels like the last free place in America. Free in every sense; like in cost, in your ability to camp anywhere, no one bothers you, and there's unlimited exploration available! I used to think there was nothing in the desert, but there's a lot of unspoiled, natural beauty. I only wish there were more months in the cool season to enjoy it!
  • One of the trails leads to a water fall in the middle of a canyon. Other than that it is really hot. Bring lots of water and try to hike early morning or closer to sunset. Their is a Burger place in the small town nearby that was pretty awesome, also had some good beers to chase it down. Great way to finish a hike.
  • Wow! What a wonderful desert! Went off roading with my son in his Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. We had a fabulous time and loved being able to pull over and sleep. So adventurous, quiet, and also beautiful. He even had a hummingbird come over and check us out . . . very magical.
  • Winter camping in Anza Borrego State Park is outstanding, with warm days, and cool or cold nights and generally with clear skies and fabulous stargazing. Camp in designated campgrounds if you want boisterous, crowded conditions, and amenities like running water, flush toilets, etc., or camp anywhere else if you want to get away from the crowds. Just remember to bring plenty of water and leave no trace. Lots of variable geology, scenery, and places to check out in a park the size of Rhode Island. Park headquarters and visitor center is in Borrego Springs which has got to be one of the friendliest towns anywhere; just a great "vibe".
  • was skeptical at first driving in but wow has this been an amazing state park! used borrego springs as my "home base" for exploring the park. between sunsets at fonts point, exploring slots and the calcite mine, hiking trails at palm canyon trailhead to a palm oasis, to the desert statues - this place is great! also loved all the primitive campgrounds for free camping
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