Borrego Palm Canyon Campground

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

palm trees

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. Visitors to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park enjoy a wide range of scenic places to visit.

  • Visitor Center - books, brochures, maps, exhibits
  • Borrego Palm Canyon - nature trail to grove of native California fan palms
  • Coyote Canyon - year-round stream and lush plant life, hiking trails
  • Font's Point - view the Borrego Valley and Badlands
  • Split Mountain - geologic wonder
  • Mountain Palm Springs -grove of fan palms in the Tierra Blanca Mountains
  • Borrego Valley
  • Interpretive activities and events, walks and talks

Key Campground Regulations

  1. Fires are only allowed in established fire rings or camp stoves.
  2. Generators may only be operated from 10 AM to 8 PM.

Borrego Palm Canyon Campground

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.

Some sites 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.

Vern Whitaker Horse Camp is located nearby, 8 miles north of Borrego Springs.

Campground Basics
Location: 5 miles west of Borrego Springs in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Elevation: 597 feet
Mileage/Driving Time: from San Diego - 85 miles, 1:54
Number of Sites: 120
Open - Closed: open year-round
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 1 covered by campground fee, additional fee for extra vehicles
Pets: On leash, always attended
Campground and Park Information: (760)767-5311

Reservations highly recommended: October 1 - April 30, otherwise first come, first served when open
Booking Window: from 2 days up to 7 months in advance of arrival
New dates are released in 1-month blocks on the first of each month.
Maximum RV/Trailer Length: hook-up sites 35 feet, pull-through
Accessible Sites: #118, 119, 120
Reservations: Borrego Palm Canyon Campground
Fees: $25 for standard sites ($20 in non-peak times)
$35 for hook-up sites
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, Noon

Borrego Palm Canyon Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, shade ramada, food locker, fire ring, some sites with full hook-ups
Campground: restrooms with flush toilets, tap water, campfire circle
Showers: Yes, purchase tokens at campground entrance
Dump station: yes
Campground map: Borrego Palm Canyon Campground Map (PDF download)
Nearby facilities: Visitor Center, Borrego Springs with gas, lodging, restaurants, medical aid,
Nearby attractions: Interpretive trails, Panoramic Overlook Trail, Borrego Palm Canyon Trail

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.

Accessible Sites

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.

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