Anza-Borrego Desert Scenic Drive Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"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. California’s largest state park stretches across a 600,000-acre wonderland of barren bajadas and alkali playas, broken badlands, abrupt canyons filled with graceful palms, and rock-rimmed mountain ranges. The park’s diverse terrain, ranging from a high point of 6,193 feet on its western border to lowlands just above sea level near the Salton Sea, harbors an incredible diversity of wildlife habitats, plant communities, and climates. The park also boasts a colorful history that includes the 1774 route of Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza, the 1849 Southern Emigrant Trail, and the famous Butterfield Overland Stage line of 1858. The park’s name reflects its unique history and natural history—Anza honors its human exploration and Borrego, a Spanish term for bighorn sheep, symbolizes its wild desert heart. This ninety-one-mile-long scenic drive travels over four different paved roads, explores the park’s wonders, offers spectacular scenery, excellent camping, numerous historic sites, and great hiking trails. Special attractions: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern Emigrant Trail, Box Canyon, California fan palm groves, Carrizo Badlands, Pacific Crest Trail, scenic views, hiking, camping, backpacking, four-wheel roads, spring wildflowers, historic sites, and wildlife. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more."