Anza-Borrego Desert Scenic Drive

Borrego Springs, California 92004

Anza-Borrego Desert Scenic Drive

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."

Anza-Borrego Desert Scenic Drive Trip Reports

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Awesome place to explore! We did a night time off-roading and it was all fun. The off-road trail was easy to moderate. Off-grid camping is allowed but no fire unless you have a metal plate to put your firewood over. We went to the Fish Creek Off-road trail and covered most of it. Highly recommended for off-roaders and campers alike!
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Very scenic. The downloaded guide had very rough mileage estimates between the highlights. More accurate mileage numbers would help as the road itself is not well marked. Also, the Kenyon Overlook is a good one-half mile hike from the parking lot along the road (up hill to thr overlook, downhill back), but well worth the effort.

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Trail Information

Borrego Springs
Nearby City
Year-round; best October through May
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
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