Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Attractions and Activities
With over 600,000 acres, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is the largest state park in the contiguous United States. Campers at Borrego Palm Canyon Campground enjoy a wide range of scenic places to visit.
Tour the wonderful Visitor Center and find books, brochures, maps, and exhibits.
Head over to Borrego Palm Canyon and walk the nature trail to a grove of native California fan palms.
Explore fascinating Coyote Canyon with a year-round stream and lush plant life. Nice hiking trails lead through the area.
Stop at Font's Point with its magnificent view of the Borrego Valley and Badlands.
Investigate Split Mountain for its geologic wonders.
At Mountain Palm Springs find a grove of fan palms in the Tierra Blanca Mountains.
Visit the Borrego Valley.
The park offers interpretive activities and events along with walks and talks.
Key Borrego Palm Canyon Campground Regulations
Fires are only allowed in established fire rings or camp stoves.
Generators may only be operated from 10 AM to 8 PM.
Dogs much be on leash and attended at all times. Dogs and cats must be in a tent or vehicle at night. Dogs are not allowed cross-country or on hiking trails.
Borrego Palm Canyon Campground is located in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park near Borrego Springs. Many campers choose to visit in the spring when the wildflowers are at their best.
2017 Notice: "The hook-up sites (1-51) at Borrego Palm Canyon Campground will be closed due to construction for upgrades. We anticipate the project will be completed in early October, 2017."
Some sites at Borrego Palm Canyon Campground are designated for RVs, trailers, or tents, but have no hook-ups; other sites have full hook-ups. The full hook-up sites are arranged in parking lot fashion. Other campsites are more spread out. The campground also has Group Tent-only Sites.
Changes in California State Parks Reservation System
California State Parks is switching to a new reservation system beginning August 1, 2017. ReserveCalifornia will replace the previous ReserveAmerica. "Beginning on midnight July 26, 2017, the website and telephone reservations for California's state parks will be temporarily offline to prepare for the exciting launch of the new system on August 1. During this time, all existing reservations will be honored. An electronic or hard copy from ReserveAmerica will need to be presented to State Parks staff when checking in for reservation made prior to July 26, 2017."
Visitor Center, Borrego Springs with gas, lodging, restaurants, medical aid,
Attractions near Borrego Palm Canyon Campground:
Explore nearby interpretive trails. Hike the Panoramic Overlook Trail and the Borrego Palm Canyon Trail. Tour the Visitor Center. Stroll through the Desert Garden outside the Visitor Center. Come in late February through early March for the best wildflower viewing.
ReserveCalifornia Reservations Tips
California State Parks' new reservation system - ReserveCalifornia - now allows campers "to make reservations 6 months to the day in advance of their arrival date." For example, on January 1 reservations can be made for stays beginning on July 1. In the past, reservations were released in one-month blocks. Now it is day by day. For months with fewer days than the month 6 months away, reservations for the remaining days will be released in a small cluster on the first of the next month. For example, on March 1 (because February is a short month) you can make reservations for stays beginning August 29-31. Read details at ReserveCalifornia.
General Camping Information for Anza-Borrego State Park
Not all campsites can accommodate trailers or RVs of all lengths. Check carefully on the reservation site when you make your reservation to be sure your vehicle will fit your campsite.
Temperatures can reach 80-100 degrees in the spring. Visitors are advised to carry water and wear sun protective hats. Be aware of possible flash floods during storms. Check with the park for road conditions.
Designated Accessible sites are usually reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate.
Borrego Palm Canyon Group Campsites
Five group tent-only sites are located on a loop within the main campground. Each group site can accommodate from 9 to 25 people and up to 6 vehicles. Maximum vehicle length is 20 feet. No RVs, trailers, or similar vehicles are permitted in the site.
Reservations: Borrego Palm Canyon Group Campground Fee: $80 ($50 during off-peak season)
Vern Whitaker Horse Camp
The Vern Whitaker Horse Camp is situated off Henderson Canyon Road, 8 miles north of the town of Borrego Springs. It is for day use and horse camping only. The 10 sites at the campground are open from October 1 through May 31. Reservations can be made from October 1 to April 30, otherwise the sites are first come, first served.
Fee: $30 per night
Each site is for 8 people, 2 horses, one motorized vehicle, and one trailer. Site #1 is an accessible site. Two additional horses are allowed for an additional charge. Each site has a BBQ, fire ring, picnic table, and 4 corrals. There are restrooms with flush toilets and s shower. Bring along a hose and bucket for watering your stock.