Welcome to the BORREGO EXPERIENCE Stay Safe. Get lots of fresh air!
Spread out and avoid the crowds in our 1,000 square miles of open spaces. Marvel at spectacular mountain views. Challenge yourself to one or more of our 200 half day hikes. Stay up late for infinite night time stargazing.
As Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, the community of Borrego Springs and our businesses gradually welcome visitors back to Borrego, it’s important to know how to enjoy our town and outdoor spaces safely.
To prevent the spread of COVID-19, face coverings are now required indoors (including visitor centers and State park restrooms) and outdoors when physical distancing is not possible. Yet, that’s not the only consideration before visiting a recreation site right now. Be prepared for new protocols to ensure a happy — and safe — visit. Here are five important steps for safely getting outside in the Park and visiting the community of Borrego Springs in 2020.
For more information please see:
San Digo County Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Information
EFFECTIVE (Sept. 20, 2020) - Thank you for your patience and continued support of California State Parks as we work to limit your risk for exposure to COVID-19 in the outdoors.
As a reminder, Californians are encouraged to avoid road trips and stay close to home, maintain physical distancing, wear a face covering when a physical distance of six feet from others who are not from the immediate household members cannot be maintained, and avoid congregating. Everyone has the responsibility to slow down the spread of COVID-19.
Here are some additional guidelines for locals visiting Anza-Borrego Desert State Park:
What is open now?
The following is open at this park:
Backcountry Unpaved Roads
Hell Hole Day-use Area: for day-use activities only from sunrise to sunset.
Sunrise Trail Head Parking / Day-use Areas
Camping (developed and primitive)
Dispersed Backcountry Camping
Coyote Canyon Above 3rd Crossing
North Coyote Canyon / Turkey Track Access Gate
Peg Leg Primitive Camping Area
Culp Valley Primitive Camping Area
Borrego Palm Canyon Full Hookup Campsites
Borrego Palm Canyon Day-use (Borrego Palm Canyon Trail Map)
Tamarisk Grove Campground Campgrounds
Arroyo Salado Primitive Camp
Blair Valley Primitive Camp
Yaqui Pass Primitive Camp
Yaqui Well Primitive Camp
Bow Willow Primitive Camp
Mt. Palm Springs Primitive Camp
Fish Creek Primitive Camp
Very limited parking is now available to the public.
Are there any new visitor guidelines?
Yes, please see below:
Stay Safer at 6 Feet: Maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more. Gatherings, picnics and parties are not allowed. Visitors will be asked to leave if there are too many people at the park to allow for the required physical distance.
Stay Clean: Be prepared. Bring soap/sanitizer and pack out all trash. Restrooms will be temporarily closed in order to keep up with cleaning schedules.
Stay Covered: The state now requires you to wear a face covering in most indoor settings and public outdoor spaces when you cannot maintain physical distancing of six feet or more from people outside of your immediate household. For details, please visit CDPH’s guidance here. Visitors should also abide by their local county health orders.
Statewide, California State Parks continues to work with locals on a phased and regionally-driven approach to increase access to state park units where compliance with state and local public health ordinances can be achieved. Even though the department has increased access across the State Park System, the need for Californians to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the outdoors remains critical.
For information on statewide current closures and available services, please visit parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve.
See the California State Park Website for the latest:
Visitor Information and Latest Updates for the Ocotillo Wells State Vehicle Recreation Area
Files coming soon.
Road conditions can change at any time!
See the latest updates for road conditions in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Galleta Meadows Sky Art Sculptures
The land and artwork of Galleta Meadows has reopened. They have been closed off since April due to the coronavirus and stay-at-home orders. Please remember to follow health and safety guidelines when visiting and gathering at the sculptures.
Remember to carry a lot of water, be alert of the possibility of encountering wildlife, be mindful of your vehicle’s sustainability for visiting some locations, and please do not climb on or touch the art works.
The Under the Sun Foundation are stewards of the 130 free-standing, metal sculptures produced by artist Ricardo Breceda. The sculptures are spread over 1,500 acres of undeveloped desert land, and taken care of by the Foundation, who continue to actively plan for the long-term care of this important community landmark and resource.
Source – The Borrego Sun https://www.borregosun.com/
Where can I stay, what restaurants are open, and what hours are specific shops/services open...see the Borrego Springs Chamber of Commerce website for up to date information: https://www.borregospringschamber.com/
For more information and updated information about visiting the Anza-Borrego Desert region including the Community of Borrego Springs and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park see:
Files coming soon.