Anza-Borrego Desert State Park — Top 14 Reasons to Visit

Visitors can discover hidden gems, from slot canyons and cactus-studded hills to peninsular ranges, natural palm oases, wilderness areas, and almost alien-looking landscapes.

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Guests can enjoy free camping, hiking, site-seeing, interpretive programs, natural and archaeological labs and sites, and much more.

99% of the Park Is Free

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Enjoy the breathtakingly beautiful mountain ranges in and surrounding the Anza-Borrego National Park.

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Is Closer Than You Think

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While this can make the miles of dirt roads busier and more congested than usual, the stunning blooms are worth it.

The Blooming San Diego Desert Wildflowers

Offering beautiful natural sights year-round, including narrow sandstone canyons, teddy bear cholla, waterfalls, pink sunset pillars, as well as the famous Pacific Crest Trail.


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The town surrounded by the park, was designated as California’s first and only International Dark Sky Community, demonstrating its commitment to protecting the haven of dark skies around it.

You Haven’t Seen the Stars Until You’ve Come Here

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park remains one of the few places left in the United States where you can park your car on the side of the road.

Free Backcountry Camping

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