Anza-Borrego State Park

Near desert places

A changed Jacumba, the little towns of Highway 80, and the drama of Warner Springs

A Quiet Street and an Old Hotel He smeared my whole body and face with mineral oil and began rubbing it around with a machine that whined and felt warm. A cord led from his ...

Parks users say, Keep your vague rules, Sacramento

"This is bureaucratic overreaching with a one-size-fits-all rule."

At least 250 state-parks users — many from the communities near Anza-Borrego Desert State Park — turned out for a Wednesday-night (June 22) hearing on a proposed new rule that would allow the Sacramento headquarters ...

Park in the hard-packed sand when visiting Bedrock

Let your imagination run wild among the bizarre shapes of wind-carved caves.

On the eastern edge of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park lies Split Mountain, the Carrizo Badlands, and a feature known as the Wind Caves. Here, the exposed sandstone of the marine beds from the five-million-year-old Imperial ...

Wildflowers bloom late on Wilson Peak

Follow an old jeep trail into a wilderness area with spectacular views

Wilson Trail and Peak were named for the rancher, Alfred Wilson, who ran cattle in this area in the first half of the 20th Century. The Wilson Trail goes southeast along Pinyon Ridge for several ...

Hike or four-wheel-drive on the desert’s edge

Expect showy displays of wildflowers on Jasper Trail

Hike the transition from high to low desert on this historic cattleman’s trail.

Begin where the jeep road ends

If it rains, look out for violent cataclysms in Clark Valley

Hike through a canyon with towering walls to some old and remote rock-house ruins.

Anza-Borrego’s forest of miniature trees

Popular hike leads to a pinyon forest and spectacular views

Whale Peak, though not the highest peak in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, is high enough at 5349 feet to offer spectacular views of much of the park and mountain ranges in Mexico and Arizona. ...

Waterfall to rocky summit

Bighorn sheep possible while climbing Indianhead.

Hike to the top of this profile that looms 3000 feet above Borrego Springs.

Water? In the desert? Yup.

Rich riparian areas and shaded grottos await adventurous hikers in Sheep Canyon

Sheep Canyon has one of the larger streams flowing east out of the San Ysidro Mountains. Its bubbling waters cascade over boulders and down waterfalls into clear pools, and its banks are lined with shady ...

Find your way to the woodland

This popular hike leads to a pinyon forest and spectacular views.

One of the highest peaks in Anza-Borrego has fascinating plant life and gorgeous views.

Photogenic fun at the Truckhaven Rocks outside Borrego Springs

Mountain range in miniature

These wind-eroded sandstone blocks are fun to explore.

The highest and most remote point in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Don’t drink the water — it’s for through-hikers.

Combs Peak is the fifth highest peak in San Diego County and also one of the most remote. Surprisingly, it is in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. From this lofty summit there are views of ...

How did this support life?

Thousands of years of human habitation on display at Indian Hill

Visiting Indian Hill gives us a renewed appreciation for this desert area. Humans have used the area for perhaps several thousand years. The last Indian cultural group to occupy this area was the Kumeyaay. It ...

Hoof it in Anza-Borrego’s Sandstone Canyon

Look up at 5 million years of layered history

Sandstone Canyon is one of several long canyons that stretch down the flanks of the rapidly eroding Vallecito Mountains. Frequent visitors to this part of the Anza-Borrego Desert consider Sandstone Canyon to be the most ...

Geology in motion

A good place to peer into Hellhole Canyon

Church Spur provides overviews of Borrego Valley and the work of profound geological forces.

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