Anza Borrego Camping

Anza Borrego camping is made easy with over 200 camp sites organized into 14 official campgrounds. Campgrounds are designated as "developed" or "primitive".

Developed Campground (see map)

Anza Borrego campsites

There are 6 developed campgrounds which may have one or more of these facilities: drinking water, showers, flush toilets, picnic tables, shade ramadas, fire rings, and wheelchair accessibility.

Not surprisingly, these developed campsites are fairly popular and can get quite busy. Reservations can be made up to 7 months in advance and no later than 48 hours in advance: call 800-444-7275 for details. Reservations are not needed from May 15 to October 1st. These summer months are very hot and hiking/camping is not recommended unless you are very familiar and skilled in such conditions.
Checkout time is 12 noon. Quiet Hours are from 10 pm to 8 am. Generators may be used from 10 am to 8 pm. Campsites are between $7 to $53.
  - see this Anza Borrego camping chart for details.
  - see more Anza Borrego camping photos here

Primitive Campgrounds (see map)

Anza Borrego camping
Primitive campgrounds are not as bad as they sound. Indeed, these campsites are less crowded, are more clean, and are great for those who want to get away from it all. There are no flush toilets (pit or chemical toilets only) and minimal (if any) amenities. None of the primitive campsites have water so be sure you bring your own.

Reservations are not needed: they are on a first-come-first-serve basis. Most days are relatively empty but long-weekends may still draw a few groups. See this Anza Borrego camping chart for details.

Culp Valley located on the west side of the park on S22
about 10 miles from Visitor Center
Sheep Canyon the north-most campground in the desert park;
about 14 miles from the Visitor Center.
Yaqui Pass just east of the Tamarisk Grove Campground;
about 12 miles from the Visitor Center.
Yaqui Well just west of the Tamarisk Grove Campground;
about 13 miles from the Visitor Center
Arroyo Salado on the east side of the Park;
about 19 miles east of the Visitor Center.
Blair Valley about 32 miles south of the Visitor Center.
Mountain Palm Springs near the southern entrance to Anza Borrego;
just north of the Bow Willow campground;
about 54 miles from the Visitor Center.
Fish Creek on the southeast side of the park;
about 30 miles from the Visitor Center.

Open Camping

Anza Borrego camping

In addition to the above designated campgrounds, Anzo Borrego Desert State Park also allows "open camping". This means you can set up camp anywhere as long as:
  • it is safe and you park your car in a way so other cars can still drive by;
  • you do not destroy the plants and natural formations;
  • you camp at least 100 feet away from any water source & remove your trash;
  • you do not have open fires directly on the ground (fires should be in a metal container)

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