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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park


GPS: 33.18, -116.35

The Park is located on the eastern side of San Diego County, with portions extending east into Imperial County and north into Riverside County. It is about a two-hour drive from San Diego, Riverside, and Palm Springs.

Many visitors approach from the east or west via Highways S22 and 78. From the coast, these highways descend from the heights of the Peninsular range of mountains with spectacular views of the great bowl of the Colorado Desert. Highway S2 enters the park from the south off of Interstate 8.

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
is the largest state park in California.  Five-hundred miles of dirt roads, 12 wilderness areas and miles of hiking trails provide visitors with an unparalleled opportunity to experience the wonders of the Colorado Desert.  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 to 2,400 feet or so and then descend about 2,000 feet to the valley. Where the highway 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 or through. They have the only all-year-flowing watercourse in the park. 

They are the home of the peninsular bighorn sheep, often called desert bighorn. Few park visitors ever see them; the sheep are justly wary. A patient few observers each year see and count them, to learn how this endangered species is coping with human encroachment.

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park now offers AT&T Wi-Fi Service!  This service enables park visitors with wireless enabled laptop computers or personal digital assistants (PDAs) to access the Internet. 

You can access this service if you are within a 150 foot range base of the Ranger's Office.  For more information about this service please see January 19, 2005, News Release.


Exhibits and Programs

  • Family Campsites

  • Group Campsites

  • Guided Tours

  • Hiking Trails

  • Horseback Trails

  • Nature Trails

  • Wildlife Viewing


  • Campers (Max. Length) 35'

  • Lodging

  • Parking

  • Picnic Areas

  • Restrooms

  • RV Dump Station

  • RV Hookups

  • Trailers (Max. Length) 35'

  • Visitor Center


  • Historical

  • Museums 

  • Reservations Recommended

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