Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
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.
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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.
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. Here is short video overview of the park.
Borrego Springs, California: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park surrounds Borrego Springs.
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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