Free Park Activities

Photo by Sam Webb

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park offers a wide range of free activities to enhance visitors’ knowledge and enjoyment of the desert. Below are some of those offerings. View the latest Park Interpretive Schedule to see what’s available during your next visit! 

Naturalist Talks
Presentations by Volunteer Naturalists take place at the Visitor Center. Most talks last about 40 minutes and are held outdoors or inside an air-conditioned classroom. Naturalist Talks are accessible to wheelchair users.

Guided Nature Walks & Hikes
Often beginning at the Visitor Center, walks and hikes range from 45 minutes to a few hours, and are led by park staff or volunteers. The monthly schedule announces the topic, time, place and any other information you might need to participate. Please note that some of the hikes begin at the end of dirt roads or at other distant locations.


Photo by Mike Bigelow

Campfire Programs
You don't have to be a camper to visit the campground for our free evening programs. Presented by park staff and knowledgeable volunteers, Campfire Programs are held at Borrego Palm Canyon, Tamarisk Grove and Bow Willow Campgrounds, primarily on weekends.

Junior Ranger Programs
This free hour-long program for kids aged 7-12 is both fun and educational! You can sign up at the Visitor Center on the weekend of the program. Programs are offered on Saturday mornings throughout the winter and spring. Parents may drop off and pick up their children at the Visitor Center. You can also visit the California State Parks' website for more information.

Groups
Nonprofit and educational organizations for children in kindergarten through high school may request an interpretive program at the Visitor Center. Please call ahead to arrange a program.

Contact the Visitor Center for more information 760-767-4205.