Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is the largest state park in California, with over 600,000 acres. The Park features washes, wildflowers, palm groves, cacti and sweeping vistas. Extending over 900 square miles, elevations range from 6,000-foot peaks to land only 15 feet above sea level. Five-hundred miles of dirt roads and extensive hiking trails provide visitors with an unparalleled opportunity to experience the wonders of the California Desert. The Park is named after Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza and the borrego, the Spanish name for bighorn sheep.
While exploring you will be able to see a variety of wildlife. The Peninsular Bighorn Sheep is the namesake of the park, but can be very elusive. Roadrunners, Cottontail Rabbits, Black tailed Jackrabbits, Gambel's Quail, and a variety of reptiles will be more frequently spotted. Nighttime sounds include those made by the Coyote, Long-eared Owl, Bobcat, Kit Fox, and numerous bats and rodents. Plants of the Anza-Borrego desert are unique and beautiful.
Inquire at the Visitor Center for recommendations on hiking, road conditions, and wildlife sightings. A free Park magazine presents information about the different resources in the park, along with a basic map. A more detailed Park map can be purchased at the Visitor Center Store.
The 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. Directions
There are always free activities happening at ABDSP's Visitor Center. You can find all activities on our Event Calendar or look for a link to this month's Interpretive Schedule at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park's website.
Questions? Call the Visitor Center at (760) 767-4205.
The full-color State Park magazine is now available online! Click here to download or print.