Anza- Borrego Desert State Park’s rugged landscape formed largely by the forces of erosion attacking the uplifted mountains. The higher the mountains rise, the more vigorously they are attacked by rain, snow, ice, and wind, as they yield to the constant pull of gravity.
Borrego Palm Canyon Campground visitors will be able to reserve campsites six months in advance from the current date. Bookings may extend from the arrival date to the desired departure date – based on availability and the park’s maximum stay rules. Reservation are available October 1st through April 30th.
Yes, it’s desert camping but there are so many fun things to do here. There’s a 3 mile hike to a wonderful spring, visiting the badlands, biking into town for a weekend morning farmers market and taking a Ranger’s flower desert hike. We also enjoyed hiking to the top of the hill in the early morning. We lucked out and got a great campsite that had a beautiful rock wall and covering with a fireplace. So cool. Definitely best to camp here in the spring or fall. Would be really hot, in the 100’s, in the summer. Best time to camp is in the spring when all the flowers are in bloom.
We drove to this site at 11:00pm and even in the dark it was easy to navigate. We drove right to our spot and set up. The campgrounds are pretty close to one another so not much privacy. Coyotes were howling all night and very active around camp. Super bloom was amazing here! The restrooms were spotless!! Also a neat counter sink area provided. Most sites have a shaded structure and picnic bench with grill.
Campground is near town but town isnt very populated. Little to no light pollution and very quiet campground. Summertime is great as night temps stay relatively high. Close to visitor center. For more adventurous types. Look for primitive areas in the park. Far better and very secluded.
We didn’t camp in the campground, but I loved the availability to camp wherever in the state park! Very pretty place with TONS of off-roading, hiking, and exploring to do! Planning another trip soon!
Borrego Palm Canyon in Anza Borrego Desert State Park is good for those who want to be near town because it's right on the edge of the small desert town of Borrego Springs, where there are restaurants, a couple of small convenience stores and services. (Run out of ice? No problem!)
Some sites here have ramadas for shade, a couple of them dating back to the conservation corps time with built-in fire pits. Each site has a picnic table. There are bathrooms with flushing toilets and showers. The Palm Canyon trailhead is at the end of the campground.
Not much shade if you are tenting, but if you luck out, you could get some endangered bighorn sheep coming through the campground.
Sites are paved and great for RV's. There are also sites good for tenting. (Again, no shade. Summer is brutally hot. Spring and fall are the most pleasant.)
This campground is one of my favorites. My practical side enjoys the clean bathrooms with hot showers and proximity to markets for refills on ice and beer. My adventurous side enjoys the hikes, coyotes singing and clear skies to observe the night sky. This campground has been enjoyable every time I’ve gone. I’ve been to many campgrounds where neighbors keep you up late, but something about this location demands quiet enjoyment. Don’t get me wrong, my friends and I stay up laughing around the campfire well after sunset but everyone seems to respect the quiet hours. The sites are spacious, each with a shade ramada, grill and fire-ring. The visitors center is a must see and there are numerous hiking trails near the campground. As beautiful as the wildflowers are during a super bloom, the crowds are super distracting. March is the best time of year to go, if there is a super bloom you’ll enjoy that, if not, you’ll enjoy the solitude.
Can get super windy! Great over roading and hikes in this enormous state park. Come prepared for anything!
Beautiful in a desert way. Can get super duper windy. Great off road hikes and scenery.
palm trees in the middle of the desert with water is just a short hike away. the campsites themselves are just on flat sand with cactus so beware. it is the desert so that's to be expected. this site feels more primitave than most others and I've never seen it busy but there are some great hiking trails and the sunset views are amazing. no dogs are allowed. Just a short drive away from the many desert statues in borrego springs.
I've camped here a couple of times. I come here mostly for the dark skies for astrophotography. It's a nice campground, clean bathrooms and showers. There's some nice hiking as well .