Kumeyaay Indian Village Site Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Native American morteros location to visit
Labeled simply as the Village Site on park maps, the Kumeyaay Village in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is an easy to visit location where Native Americans lived for thousands of years. Take a short stroll around a pile of boulders along Mine Wash Road and spot grinding holes among the rocks. A sign at the Kumeyaay Village reads: Native desert people have been attracted to the cave of... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: May 3, 2017
Tamarisk Grove Campground in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park camping
Tamarisk Grove Campground is one of four developed campgrounds in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, with 27 sites, plenty of shade, amenities, and nearby hiking trails. Tamarisk Grove has interesting history too, originally serving as a San Diego County prison camp. Thanks to numerous park improvements, it won't feel like you are doing hard time to spend a little time at Tamarisk Grove... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: January 16, 2018
Cactus Loop Trail Anza-Borrego Desert State Park self-guided cactus hike Tamarisk Grove Campground cacti nature trail cactus flowers hike
Broadly speaking, the desert is where you go to find cacti. Speaking specifically, Cactus Loop Trail is where you go in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park to see lots of cacti. True you can spot these prickly plants throughout the park, but this self-guided nature trail explores a rocky ridge that is utterly blanketed with a variety of cacti. A state park provided trail guide pamphlet offers a... Read more.
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Tagged with · Borrego Springs · California State Parks · Free Trails · Nature Trails
Distance: 0.75 miles · Elevation change: 225 feet
By: Published: Last updated: April 23, 2017
Yaqui Well Trail Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Nature Trail self-guided hike San Felipe Wash Yaqui Well springs Tamarisk Grove Campground hike
Yaqui Well Trail is one of the free self-guided nature trails in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Pair a trail guide (that you can pick up at the trailhead) with numbered markers along the way to learn about the history and botany of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park as you enjoy the surrounding scenery. The 1.6-mile round trip trail with 100 feet of elevation gain ends at Yaqui Well, a vital... Read more.
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Tagged with · Borrego Springs · California State Parks · Free Trails · Nature Trails
Distance: 1.6 miles · Elevation change: 100 feet
By: Published: Last updated: April 14, 2017
Kenyon Overlook Trail loop viewpoint Yaqui Pass hike Anza-Borrego Desert State Park California Bill Kenyon Trail
Looks can be deceiving. Kenyon Overlook Trail doesn't impress at the start - a dirt single track leaving the most primitive campground in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. The trail crosses pleasant but generic desert landscape at Yaqui Pass. Stick with this hike because the payoff is massive - a huge view across Mescal Bajada toward Sunset Mountain (which puts on a colorful display from the... Read more.
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Tagged with · Borrego Springs · California State Parks · Free Trails
Distance: 1.15 miles · Elevation change: 125 feet
By: Published: Last updated: January 9, 2018
Panoramic Overlook Trail Borrego Palm Canyon hike Anza-Borrego Desert State Park California
Grab your hiking boots and your camera for this short hike to 360-degree views. Panoramic Overlook Trail is a vista-filled one-mile out and back hike with 275 feet of elevation gain. The brief steep effort is rewarded by sweeping views over Borrego Valley from a ridge flanking Borrego Palm Canyon at the base of San Ysidro Mountains, the towering western boundary of Anza-Borrego Desert State... Read more.
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Tagged with · Borrego Springs · California State Parks · San Ysidro Mountains
Distance: 1 mile · Elevation change: 275 feet
By: Published: Last updated: April 14, 2017
Maidenhair Falls Hellhole Canyon Trail Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Hellhole Canyon is backed up against the San Ysidro Mountains just southwest of the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Visitor Center in Borrego Springs. The ominously named canyon is home to Maidenhair Falls, a seasonal 20-foot waterfall that makes a refreshing hiking destination on a hot day in the California desert. If you are visiting the park in early spring, or any time rains bring water... Read more.
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Tagged with · Borrego Springs · California State Parks · Desert Canyons · Free Trails · Oases · Off Trail · San Ysidro Mountains
Distance: 5.5 miles · Elevation change: 1000 feet
By: Published: Last updated: May 27, 2017
Borrego Palm Canyon Trail Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Borrego Palm Canyon is a wide trench descending west to east down the San Ysidro Mountains just west of Borrego Springs. The creation of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park began in the 1930s with the protection of this palm-filled canyon. The popularity of the trail exploring Borrego Palm Canyon has endured, even as the park has expanded to protect a thousand square miles of southeastern... Read more.
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Tagged with · Borrego Springs · California State Parks · Desert Canyons · Oases · San Ysidro Mountains
Distance: 3.25 miles · Elevation change: 450 feet
By: Published: Last updated: December 21, 2019
Narrows Earth Trail Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
What Elephant Trees Trail is to desert botany, Narrows Earth Trail is to desert geology. The pamphlet available at the start of this half-mile loop describes the geological features present in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. The desert is a great place to learn about geology. Sparse vegetation exposes the earth's rock skeleton, bringing the secrets of the land's formation to bear. ... Read more.
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Distance: 0.5 miles · Elevation change: 50 feet
By: Published: Last updated: May 31, 2017
The Slot Canyon Narrows hike in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park California Slot Canyon Anza Borrego
Simply named The Slot, this narrow siltstone canyon provides one of the most exciting hikes in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. This 0.8-mike trek is capped off with a passage beneath a gravity-defying rock span. This short hike has just 100 feet of elevation loss, but the memory will be much more profound. The Slot lacks a defined trail marker. From the parking area, look for footprints... Read more.
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Tagged with · Borrego Springs · California State Parks · Desert Canyons
Distance: 0.8 miles · Elevation change: 100 feet
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