Anza-Borrego Desert State Park®
World Biosphere Reserve, National Natural Landmark
The Largest Desert State Park in America
Overlooking the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in California- click on image for a much larger view.

This website is provided as a public service of the Borrego Springs Chamber of Commerce
Park Directory
Activities / Programs
Camping & Resv
Document Library
Fact Sheet
History of the Park
Maps & Directions
News Articles
Paleontology / Fossils
Safety (must read)
School Field Trips
Visitor Center
Web Links
The Wonders of
Desert State Park





Anza-Borrego Desert State Park®
200 Palm Canyon Drive  Borrego Springs  CA  92004 
Visitor Center: 760-767-4205  |  Park Headquarters: 760-767-5311
1932 - 2007  Celebrating 75 years
this information is provided as a public service of the Borrego Springs Chamber of Commerce & Visitors' Bureau click here for the official state park website


General Park Information
Visitor Center
Reservations & Fees 
Caution in the park
Activities  Special Events
Fossils  |  Wildflowers
Historic Landmarks
Map & Directions to the Park
Desert Safety
School Group Field Trips
School Program Request Form
Film Production Guidelines
Photo Gallery | Slide Show
Video of the Anza-Borrego Desert
Links to related sites
ABDSP General Plan®
Detailed Map of the Park (pdf)
Current Weather
The Wonders of Anza Borrego Desert State Park


With over 600,000 acres, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park® is the largest state park in California & the largest desert state park in the United States. 500 miles of dirt roads, 12 wilderness areas (comprising 2/3 of the park) and 110 miles of riding and hiking trails provide visitors with an unparalleled opportunity to experience the wonders of the Colorado Desert. The park name is derived from a combination of the name of Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza and the Spanish word "borrego," referring to bighorn sheep. The park features washes, wildflowers, palm groves, cacti and sweeping vistas. Visitors may also have the chance to see roadrunners, golden eagles, kit foxes, mule deer and bighorn sheep as well as desert iguanas, chuckwallas and four species of rattlesnake.

Location: Anza-Borrego Desert State 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.

Detailed driving instructions.

Visitation: Averages 600,000 people per year.

Visitor Center: 760-767-4205  |  Park Headquarters: 760-767-5311

Seasons/Climate/Recommended Clothing: Seasonal temperatures can be extreme.  Layered clothing is always advised. Carry plenty of water in your vehicle and while hiking.

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The Visitors Center

The Visitor Center is open:
dawn until dusk
Oct - May, everyday
June - Sept, weekends & holidays only

The Visitor Center is state-of-the-art and uniquely situated under a desert garden at the west end of Palm Canyon Drive in Borrego Springs. From the parking lot  take the walkway past the flagpole.

Stop by to pick up information on wildflowers, visit the award wining museum, see a free slide show or video program, or peruse the wide selection of publications on the park's natural and cultural resources at the bookstore.

Visitor Center: 760-767-4205

Desert Garden at the Visitors CenterDesert Garden: A desert garden just outside the Visitor Center building provides a quick look at some of the vegetation in the 600,000 acre park, with the species identified. The garden also includes a pupfish pond.

Wildflowers: Wildflowers usually begin blooming in January and reach their peak in March. The success of each year's wildflower bloom is dependent on a variety of factors, including rainfall, temperature and winds.

Wildflower Notification: If you want to be sure to visit the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park® at the best time for flower viewing, send a self-addressed postcard to: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park®, 200 Palm Canyon Drive, Borrego Springs, CA 92004. We will return your card a couple of weeks prior to the year's expected bloom peak. For an up-to-date wildflower recording, call 760-767-4684.

Wi-Fi Service: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park 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.

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There are three developed campgrounds in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park®:

Borrego Palm Canyon and Tamarisk Grove & Horse Camp (an equestrian camp located at the mouth of Coyote Canyon).

To reserve campsites call 800-444-7275 or go on-line at

There is also a small campground at Bow Willow.  Ask park staff about the rules for backcountry camping.

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Use extreme CAUTION

Unless visitors know the park very well, or carry detailed maps, it is wise NOT to venture too far from vehicles or from marked highways or roads. Getting lost is one of the easiest things to do in the desert.  It is always wise to ask a ranger or a park volunteer about desert hazards and to make sure someone else knows where you are going. More on Desert Safety

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The information contained herein is provided as a public service of the Borrego Springs Chamber of Commerce

Every effort has been made to ensure accuracy. If you discover any information on these pages which you believe to be inaccurate or outdated, please email

This information is offered to assist the visitor and in no way is intended to replace the official state park website.

For more details on the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park® please visit the official state website:

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