Anza Borrego Desert State Park
Sand strewn roads across a brilliant desert spotted with ocotillo, cholla, agave, palo verde, and numerous wildflowers, this place is soul-filling. Because of this area’s natural abundance, Anza Borrego State Park is best known for it’s spring wildflower bloom. A favorite place to visit in the Spring, from personal experience, Anza Borrego Desert State Park hasn’t changed much since, at least the 1990’s. It is a step back in time to one of California’s most diverse desert landscapes.
According to State Park literature, Anza Borrego is the largest state park in California and an important preservation of 600,000 acres of Colorado/Sonoran Desert habitat in San Diego County. Anza Borrego Desert State Park has 500 miles of dirt roads, 12 designated wilderness areas, and 110 miles of hiking trails. Experiencing the desert on trails and dirt roads during bloom season is sure to be impressive. At times, it is a buzzing, humming, blooming show of bright flowers across the desert, and, truly, a memorable experience.
Coyote Canyon Road + Jeep Trail
Coyote Canyon is a designated spring wildflower bloom viewing location on the state park map. In general, Coyote Canyon is known for its water crossings because of it’s year-round stream, unusual for the desert. This waterway is an important resource for desert plants and animals not seen in drier areas of the region. There is an option to park and walk up the dirt road, or take a four wheel drive vehicle and explore the canyon as you turn and bump along through lush Anza Borrego desert flora. We experienced caterpillars everywhere on the sand, stinkbugs plentiful, and painted lady butterflies in constant flutter all around.
This offroad trail is classified as a easy moderate travel in a four wheel drive vehicle. The area is BLM-managed, so dispersed camping is allowed, but no services are provided. June 1-September 30th, this road is closed for Big Horn Sheep to have access to water. Those are some extremely hot months for humans, anyway. It is recommended visiting this area between October and May for tolerable weather. We were told that it is baby snake season, but we didn’t see any. No coyote sightings, either. If you bring a dog, the state parks require them to stay on roads and leashed, and be aware of cactus on the sand.
From the Borrego Springs Christmas Tree Circle, head east on Palm Canyon Drive for a 1/2 mile and turn left onto Di Giorgio Road. Take Di Giorgio Road north roughly 4.7 miles to the where Coyote Canyon begins.