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Visiting The Anza Borrego Desert in San Diego County, California.

Updated on September 7, 2012
Visitor Center
Visitor Center
Desert Dandelion
Desert Dandelion
Barrel Cactus
Barrel Cactus
Beaver Tail Cactus
Beaver Tail Cactus
Indian Head
Indian Head
Eagle and Nest
Eagle and Nest
Wild Horses
Wild Horses

The History of the Anza-Borrego Desert.

The Anza Borrego Desert was named for Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza and combined with the Spanish word for bighorn sheep, Borrego.

The village of Borrego Springs is uniquely surrounded and protected by the amazing 600,000 acre Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.

Located in an unincorporated area of Northeast San Diego County, the Park is the largest state park in California with five hundred miles of dirt roads, wilderness areas, and hiking trails.

Desert plants you will find in bloom are: Phacelia, Fremont, Primrose, Desert Dandelion, and Barrel Cactus to name a few.

Wild Flowers can be found in Anza Borrego State Park, Borrego Palm Cyn, Palm Cyn, Hawk Cyn, and Coyote Cyn to name a few.

Geographical features the park offers visitors include washes, palm groves, cacti, and desert vistas.

The Park is home to roadrunners, golden eagles, kit foxes, mule deer, bighorn sheep, iguanas, chuckwallas, and the red diamond rattlesnake.

The desert artwork was created by sculptor Ricardo Breceda and commissioned by multimillionaire Dennis Avery, heir to the Avery Dennison labeling companies.

Avery’s goal is to build a creature desert on land he owns around Borrego Springs. Breceda’s creations so far include turtles, eagles, horses, and elephants.

Spring has sprung and Mother Nature is once again putting on a desert wild flower show in the Anza Borrego Desert. Good news, you’re invited!

So grab your camera and have a wonderful time enjoying the desert in bloom. Gorgeous!


By mid-afternoon many desert flowers close. The best time to visit is in morning or early afternoon.

Temperatures range in the mid-90’s, something to remember if you are going hiking. Take along plenty of water and a snack.

Find some shade in the palm groves and picnic areas.

Don’t mess with the rattlesnakes.

By mid March the City of Borrego Springs sponsors an art show in the park featuring local artists with desert paintings for sale. You can take part of the Anza Borrego Desert home with you!

Be sure to visit Arroyo Tapiado and the Mud Caves:

Take a hike. There are 110 miles of hiking trails in the Anza Borrego Desert State Park.

Visit The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway if you have time and like the desert.

Are we there yet? What to take on a road trip:

An ice chest with food, snacks and drinks for everyone. Forget sharing.

Don't forget your chargers, headphones, earplugs, meds, and a bag for garbage

Take along your Kindle and cell phone to keep yourself and the kids occupied on long road trips. Down load any e-books and apps that will help you.

Remember to take along a great camera. We found the Sony Nex-5 to be light weight and user friendly.

Streets, freeways, and traffic jams are frustrating. Take along a good GPS system and visit off season.

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