Borrego Springs, CA Trails and Parks

Borrego Springs has 119 trails in the vicinity, including 99 hiking trails and 17 for off-highway drives. These trails range from 0.2 to 92 miles in length. The most popular trails are Grapevine Canyon Trail, Lower Coyote Canyon Drive and The Slot. Trails.com member Noel R. recently completed Anza-Borrego Desert Scenic Drive.
  • Lower Coyote Canyon Drive

    3 Reviews

    Borrego Springs, CA

    Wetlands and a year-round creek sustain an array of desert wildlife here, including rare Peninsular bighorn sheep and the least Bells vireo, one of more than 100 bird species that nest and feed ...
    •  Easy to Difficult
    •  4-5 hours
    •  23 miles
    •  Guide

    Wetlands and a year-round creek sustain an array of desert wildlife here, including rare Peninsular bighorn sheep and the ...

  • Culp Valley Overlook

    2 Reviews

    Borrego Springs, CA

    Culp Valley is a high valley (3,400 feet) on the southern edge of the San Ysidro Mountains. It was used for grazing cattle for many decades in the early half of the last century. Traces of its ...
    •  Day hike
    •  0.6 miles
    •  Guide

    Culp Valley is a high valley (3,400 feet) on the southern edge of the San Ysidro Mountains. It was used for grazing cattle ...

  • Pinyon Mountain Road

    2 Reviews

    Borrego Springs, CA

    This trail is worth the drive just for the scenery, but the main attractions are The Squeeze and Pinyon Drop-off. Neither obstacle has a bypass. The photo of the Toyota Tundra on the opposite ...
    •  Difficult
    •  4 to 5 hours
    •  30.5 miles
    •  Guide

    This trail is worth the drive just for the scenery, but the main attractions are The Squeeze and Pinyon Drop-off. Neither ...

  • Anza Borrego Desert State Park Area Campgrounds

    2 Reviews

    Borrego Springs, CA

    Anza Borrego easily ranks with the finest desert parks in the nation. Only its status as a state park keeps it from achieving the popularity of Death Valley and Joshua Tree National Parks. Even ...
    •  Guide

    Anza Borrego easily ranks with the finest desert parks in the nation. Only its status as a state park keeps it from achieving ...

  • Borrego Palm Canyon Nature Trail

    2 Reviews

    Borrego Springs, CA

    This trail provides a spectacular introduction to the beauties of the desert. The interpretive brochure and the clear signs will help you become familiar with the plants and animals, geology, ...
    •  Day hike
    •  3.5 miles
    •  Guide

    This trail provides a spectacular introduction to the beauties of the desert. The interpretive brochure and the clear signs ...

  • Anza-Borrego Desert Scenic Drive

    2 Reviews

    Borrego Springs, CA

    A ninety-two-mile drive that runs through Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, passing remote canyons, eroded badlands, and sharp desert peaks. Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is a place of superlatives. ...
    •  92 miles
    •  Guide

    A ninety-two-mile drive that runs through Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, passing remote canyons, eroded badlands, and sharp ...

  • Lower Coyote Canyon

    2 Reviews

    Borrego Springs, CA

    Follow scenic Coyote Creek, usually dry but potentially deep after a rain. Climb a rocky ridge to a secluded campground. Watch for bighorn sheep and wild horses. Must return the way you came. ...
    •  Moderate
    •  3 to 4 hours
    •  19 miles
    •  Guide

    Follow scenic Coyote Creek, usually dry but potentially deep after a rain. Climb a rocky ridge to a secluded campground. ...

  • Ghost Mountain: Marshal South Home Trail

    2 Reviews

    Borrego Springs, CA

    Poet Marshal South was an early refugee from civilization, fleeing with his family in the 1930s to this remote desert mountaintop, named Yaquitepec. This hike is an interesting mixture of scenic ...
    •  2 hours
    •  2 miles
    •  Guide

    Poet Marshal South was an early refugee from civilization, fleeing with his family in the 1930s to this remote desert mountaintop, ...

  • Tubb Canyon Trail

    1 Reviews

    Borrego Springs, CA

    Big Spring in a tributary of Tubb Canyon (“Tub” Canyon on some maps) is one of the more reliable water producers in the Anza-Borrego Desert. As such, it is an important watering hole for local ...
    •  1 hour
    •  1.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Big Spring in a tributary of Tubb Canyon (“Tub” Canyon on some maps) is one of the more reliable water producers in the Anza-Borrego ...

  • Grapevine Canyon Trail

    1 Reviews

    Borrego Springs, CA

    Grapevine Canyon is a narrow, sometimes sandy trail that runs between the Volcan Mountains and Grapevine Hills into Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. The start of the trail passes through private ...
    •  Moderate
    •  1.5 hours
    •  13.6 miles
    •  Guide

    Grapevine Canyon is a narrow, sometimes sandy trail that runs between the Volcan Mountains and Grapevine Hills into Anza-Borrego ...

  • Fonts Point Trail

    1 Reviews

    Borrego Springs, CA

    Fonts Point has long been described as having one of the best views within Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. The easy sandy trail is passable by a high-clearance 2WD vehicle most of the time. It ...
    •  Easy
    •  30 minutes
    •  4.1 miles
    •  Guide

    Fonts Point has long been described as having one of the best views within Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. The easy sandy ...

  • Pinyon Ridge Trail

    1 Reviews

    Borrego Springs, CA

    Dry Pinyon Ridge stands just high enough on the desert rim to support a sparse growth of pinyon pines. Similar to other “islands in the desert sky” such as the Pinyon Mountains and Whale Peak ...
    •  4 hours
    •  8.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Dry Pinyon Ridge stands just high enough on the desert rim to support a sparse growth of pinyon pines. Similar to other “islands ...

  • Grapevine Canyon Road Drive

    1 Reviews

    Borrego Springs, CA

    This little canyon road provides outstanding views of rugged desert mountains and a sampling of varied vegetation as it descends from almost 4,000 feet to about 1,400 feet. Yaqui Well, a seep-watered ...
    •  Easy
    •  1.5 hours
    •  13 miles
    •  Guide

    This little canyon road provides outstanding views of rugged desert mountains and a sampling of varied vegetation as it descends ...

  • Mountain Palm Springs Loop Trail

    1 Reviews

    Borrego Springs, CA

    The Mountain Palm Springs oasis loop is really two separate hikes from the same trailhead to the end point of both hikes: the extensive Palm Bowl Grove. The two legs described in this eTrail ...
    •  5 hours
    •  5.1 miles
    •  Guide

    The Mountain Palm Springs oasis loop is really two separate hikes from the same trailhead to the end point of both hikes: ...

  • Pictograph Trail

    1 Reviews

    Borrego Springs, CA

    Blair Valley has attracted human visitors for centuries. High above the desert, its temperatures are more moderate than those of its surroundings. Early inhabitants evidently found it comfortable, ...
    •  1 to 2 hours
    •  3 miles
    •  Guide

    Blair Valley has attracted human visitors for centuries. High above the desert, its temperatures are more moderate than those ...

  • Sheep Canyon Trail

    1 Reviews

    Borrego Springs, CA

    Water flows through the rugged confines of Sheep Canyon during most of the year, although the canyon is apt to be dry by the time autumn rolls around. Depending on the season, a bubbling stream ...
    •  2 hours
    •  3 miles
    •  Guide

    Water flows through the rugged confines of Sheep Canyon during most of the year, although the canyon is apt to be dry by ...

  • Borrego Palm Canyon

    1 Reviews

    Borrego Springs, CA

    This hike, part of it cross-country, leads into California’s Sonoran Desert via a deep, palm-dotted canyon in the San Ysidro Mountains. Encompassing more than 600,000 acres, Anza-Borrego Desert ...
    •  1.5 hours
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    This hike, part of it cross-country, leads into California’s Sonoran Desert via a deep, palm-dotted canyon in the San Ysidro ...

  • Anza Borrego Desert State Park: California Riding and Hiking Trail

    1 Reviews

    Borrego Springs, CA

    The vast desert swallows the sound of the human voice, making encounters with other hikers a surprise. Walking through this arid, yet remarkably vibrant, desert on single-track corridors that ...
    •  3.5 hours
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    The vast desert swallows the sound of the human voice, making encounters with other hikers a surprise. Walking through this ...

  • Fonts Point

    1 Reviews

    Borrego Springs, CA

    A short drive in a wide sandy wash culminating with a truly outstanding view of Borrego Badlands. Don’t skip this trip. This trip can be done in a two-wheel-drive, high-clearance vehicle as long ...
    •  Easy
    •  20 minutes plus sidetrips
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    A short drive in a wide sandy wash culminating with a truly outstanding view of Borrego Badlands. Don’t skip this trip. This ...

  • The Slot

    1 Reviews

    Borrego Springs, CA

    Kids will love this trip. Drive, then hike into narrow canyon. Descend extremely steep sand hill. Explore other roads in the area. One very steep sand hill gives this trail its difficult rating. ...
    •  Difficult
    •  2 to 3 hours
    •  11.7 miles
    •  Guide

    Kids will love this trip. Drive, then hike into narrow canyon. Descend extremely steep sand hill. Explore other roads in ...

  • South Coyote Canyon Trail

    1 Reviews

    Borrego Springs, CA

    Coyote Canyon runs from Anza to Borrego Springs and offers two separate vehicle trails, one from the north and one from the south. Of the two, the southern approach is more popular with hikers ...
    •  Difficult
    •  2.5 hours
    •  13.2 miles
    •  Guide

    Coyote Canyon runs from Anza to Borrego Springs and offers two separate vehicle trails, one from the north and one from the ...

  • Font’s Point Drive

    1 Reviews

    Borrego Springs, CA

    This sandy desert wash route is a short and convenient opportunity to sample the park’s network of rudimentary backways. It ends at a lofty point with a spectacular view across a vast, forbidding ...
    •  Easy
    •  1 hour
    •  7.8 miles
    •  Guide

    This sandy desert wash route is a short and convenient opportunity to sample the park’s network of rudimentary backways. ...

  • Box Canyon Overlook Trail

    1 Reviews

    Borrego Springs, CA

    Much Anza-Borrego history coincides at this spot! The Southern Emigrant Trail, the Mormon Battalion, and the Butterfield Overland Mail Route used this arduous low mountain pass. The historical ...
    •  2 hours
    •  0.4 miles
    •  Guide

    Much Anza-Borrego history coincides at this spot! The Southern Emigrant Trail, the Mormon Battalion, and the Butterfield ...

  • Elephant Trees Nature Trail

    1 Reviews

    Borrego Springs, CA

    This well-signed self-guided nature trail climbs gently up a rock-lined wash, once home to a small “herd” of elephant trees. Unfortunately, the trees have all died in recent years. Even so, the ...
    •  1 hour
    •  1 miles
    •  Guide

    This well-signed self-guided nature trail climbs gently up a rock-lined wash, once home to a small “herd” of elephant trees. ...

  • Sheep Canyon Trail

    1 Reviews

    Borrego Springs, CA

    A daylong out-and-back hike from the third crossing parking area, or 2 round-trip miles if your four-wheel drive can make it to Sheep Canyon Primitive Camp. Whichever you choose, Sheep Canyon ...
    •  4–7 hours
    •  10 miles
    •  Guide

    A daylong out-and-back hike from the third crossing parking area, or 2 round-trip miles if your four-wheel drive can make ...