Anza-Borrego is a vast desert full of slot canyons, OHV trails, a palm oasis, free campsites and over 130 large metal animal sculptures scattered around the area. The 600,000-acre state park is located in eastern San Diego county, and the ratio of accessibility to activities keeps me coming back every year.
The recent wildflower superbloom has kept the park and adjacent town of Borrego Springs pretty busy, but it’s generally not too packed. I’d say it’s far less crowded than Death Valley or Joshua Tree.
Best of all, they have free primitive camping available on a first-come, first-serve basis. My friends and I have never had a problem finding a campsite (at least in January), and each spot is fairly isolated.
Now call me selfish but you’ll have to message me for my favorite campground because I’m not tryna blow up the spot 😉. It goes down in the DM. Instagram: @dopehikesLA