Anza-borrego Desert Sp Campground

Anza-borrego Desert Sp Campground

With over 600,000 acres, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is the largest state park in the contiguous United States. 500 miles of dirt roads, 12 wilderness areas and miles of hiking trails provide visitors with an unparalleled opportunity to experience the wonders of the ColoradoDesert. The park is named after Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza and the Spanish name borrego, or bighorn sheep. The park features washes, wildflowers, palm groves, cacti and sweeping vistas. Visitors may also have the chance to see roadrunner, 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. Most visitors approach from the east via Highways S22, S2, or 78. Visitors from San Diego via Highways 79 and 78 have the added pleasure of driving through the mountainous Cuyamaca Rancho State Park--quite a different experience from Anza-Borrego. The highways from the east climb 2,400 feet or so and then descend about 2,000 feet to the valley. Where thehighway 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 highest are to the north--the Santa Rosa Mountains. The mountains are a wilderness, with no paved roads in or out orthrough. They have the only all-year-flowing watercourse in the park. Theyare the home of the peninsular bighorn sheep, often called desert bighorn.Few park visitors ever see them; the sheep are justly wary. A patient fewobservers each year see and count them, to learn how this endangeredspeciescoping with human encroachment.

Park Kiosk Hours:Hi Season: 8am-4pmLo Season: self-register

Season For Peak Fees: 09/15 to 05/15

Coyote Canyon will be CLOSED for the annual summer closure from June 1 through September 30 to allow the bighorn sheep to drink without interruption during the hot summer months.


Within Facility
  • Birdwatching
  • Comfort Station
  • Dump Station
  • Fire Rings
  • Group Picnicking
  • Handicap Access
  • Hiking Trail
  • Horseback Riding
  • Nature Trails
  • Parking
  • Picnic Area
  • Ranger Station
  • Restrooms
  • Showers
  • Store - Convenience
  • Telephone
  • Toilet, Accessible
  • Visitors Center


Anza-Borrego Desert SP
Borrego Springs CA 92004

The park is located east of San Diego on Highway 79, five miles north of I-8.

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