Lower Coyote Canyon Drive

Borrego Springs, California 92004

Lower Coyote Canyon Drive

Lower Coyote Canyon Drive Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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 in the canyon. Hiking and camping are available in remote Collins Valley. Scan the high hillsides for isolated palm groves. In 1775, about 240 colonists from Mexico, led by Juan Bautista de Anza, brought 800 cattle through the canyon, where they camped during the first overland colonizing expedition to Alta California. They arrived at Monterey on March 10, 1776. Yet a human presence wasn’t new to the Coyote Canyon area, since Native Americans lived in these parts for thousands of years before Anza passed through."

Lower Coyote Canyon Drive Trip Reports

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Quite a pleasant and fun drive. Just 9 days after the gates opened, had the chance to do this trail. The art statues before going into the trail are fantastic, a must for photos.
The trail is actually very driveable. Don't be too excited for the water crossings right now, the first one was completely dry, and only the second crossing had water, about 8 inches deep. At least it helped cool my tires off. Most of the trail is just sandy roads, the fun part is trying to go as fast as possible on the berms, and bounce from one to the next. There is one up hill that has a rest point in the middle where there is a little flat section. I turned on my 4lo, and zipped up the trail. Nothing hairy. We try to drive all the way to where the "locked" gate is at, but turned around before. That last section is on the stream bed and can get quite rocky, actually very good practice for those who want beginners rock crawling. We did it in 2 hours and 20 minutes, with a couple of stops for the historic marker and taking video footage. You can easily drive 35+mph in the berms, just be quick with your steering, haha. Highly recommend you download maps, and use a gps so you can see where your re going. It's just easier than trying to find the signs on the trail.
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This is a exciting off road trail into the rocky rocky canon of Anza Borrego. You will be welcomed to the desert by fresh water springs, 4x4 water crossings, boulder crawling up canyons and beautiful desert views.
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Nice trail that is well used in the winter. It is closed most of the way in the summer to allow the animals in the area a water source. Some of the highlights are - 3 water crossings. The third is fun because you actualy have to drive through the river and can't see the point where you come out. We had fun on "boulder alley". Not for a stock vehicle! It provided a nice challenge! There is also a historical marker out in the middle of the desert!

Lower Coyote Canyon Drive Photos

Trail Information

Borrego Springs
Nearby City
Trail Type
Easy to Difficult
4-5 hours
Best fall through spring; check local conditions
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Local Contacts
Lindsays’ Anza-Borrego Desert, CRRA
Local Maps

Trail Log