Anza-Borrego Desert State Park


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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is tucked into the southeastern corner of California. Running about 25 miles east-to-west and 50 miles north-to-south, it is California's largest state park encompassing more than 600,000 acres. The Park is framed by, and includes many rugged mountain ranges: the Bucksnorts and the Santa Rosas on the north, the Jacumba Mountains on the South and the Vallecito and Pinyon Mountains on the west. To the east, the Borrego Mountains taper into the Carrizo Badlands before falling away into the Salton Trough.

There are more than 500 miles of roads in the park. There are routes up rocky hills, through deep sand, along scenic streams and down steep hills. Both primitive jeep roads and paved roads are also open to bicycles so be careful.

Anza Borrego Desert State Park, has 7 unique areas that you can explore. Click on the links below to find the area your would like to explore.

 Anza /Visitor Center Area | Blair Valley Area | Borrego Badlands Area
Bow Willow Area
 | Fish Creek Area  | Santa Rosa Area | Tamarisk Grove Area
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Start your exploration of the park at the visitor center. At the entrance to the center is an excellent map of the park, above which sits a model of a full-sized Aiolornis incredibilis, "the incredible bird god of the winds." The Visitor's Center exhibits show how geological forces shaped the landscape, life forms and human stories of the Anza-Borrego Desert region, and feature a small slot canyon entrance. It is good place to get the latest information on the roads and hiking trails. Click here for more on the visitor center.

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With more than 600,000 acres, Anza Borrego Desert State Park, has 7 unique areas that you can explore. Click on the links below to find the area your would like to explore.

What's Happening Now Anza Borrego Area --- Photos from Instagram

 Anza /Visitor Center Area | Blair Valley Area | Borrego Badlands Area
Bow Willow Area
 | Fish Creek Area  | Santa Rosa Area | Tamarisk Grove Area
Things to Do in the park | Park History


Cities & Towns

Borrego Springs, California: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park surrounds Borrego Springs. It is 2 miles south of the main Visitor Center.

Julian, California: 30 miles west from Visitor Center.

Palm Springs, California: 90 miles north from Visitor Center.

Indio, California: 61 miles northeast from Visitor Center.

San Diego, California: 78 miles west.

Parks & Monuments

Joshua Tree National Park: 91 miles northeast from Visitor Center.
Agua Caliente/Vallecito Regional Parks: 44 miles west from Visitor Center.
Ocotillo Wells Vehicular Recreation Area: Southeast of park
Imperial Sand Dunes: 70 miles east from Visitor Center.
Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge: 80 miles southeast from Visitor Center.
Salton Sea State Recreation Area: 65 miles northast from Visitor Center.

Historic & Points of Interest

Tumco/Hedges Ghost Town (BLM): 85 miles east.
General Patton Memorial Museum (Indio): 760-774-7388
Living Desert Reserve (Palm Desert): 760-346-5694.
Palm Springs Desert Museum (Palm Springs): 760-325-0189.



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Anza Borrego Overview A video overview of all the fascinating places in and around Anza Borrego Desert State Park that you can visit, from the Gomphotherium Park in Borrego Springs to the Pumpkin Patch and much more! Watch this video to get an idea of the range of geologic features available to check out in the Park.

Carrizo Badlands - Video of Mud Caves and Canyon Sin Nombre The length of the mud caves varies, with some extending over 1000 feet and featuring ceilings as high as 80 feet. Caves have been reported up to 35 feet wide, and others so narrow, you have to squeeze through openings. Multi-level caves with skylights have been found, where erosion has created an opening, or sinkhole, in the ceiling of the cave. Some of the caves are fairly easy to navigate while others may require you to crawl in sections.

Fonts Point - Borrego Badlands Video
Centered in the arid Borrego Badlands due east of the Visitors Center between County Road S-22 and Route 78, four million years of geologic and paleontologic history are exhibited across a stark desert landscape. Join the crew of DesertUSA and take a road trip to Fonts Point, maybe the best place in North America to view sediments of the Pliocene and Pleistocene Epochs.


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