I am embarrassed to say that I had never heard of California’s largest state park—Anza-Borrego—before researching desert hiking options near San Diego. After 10 busy days in LA and San Diego on a Spring Break holiday, I was ready for some quiet, nature time. I’m so glad I discovered Anza-Borrego State Park. The park’s desert landscape is stunning, and it has a “far away from it all” feel, despite being only a two hour drive from San Diego. We made the most out of our short stay and it left me itching for more.
Anza-Borrego has 500 miles of dirt roads and a 110 miles of hiking and riding trails. It features outstanding desert vistas, and depending on the season, spectacular wildflower and cacti displays. Visitors stay at hotels in and around the small town of Borrego Springs, or at the park’s campgrounds (3 developed and 9 primitive). A good place to get your bearings is at the excellent Visitor Center just beyond Borrego Springs. Continue reading