Auto Tours-Self Guided

If you are interested in striking out on your own, the Anza-Borrego State Park Visitor Center, 200 Palm Canyon Drive, 760-767-4205, sells a great map of the whole park that designates a dozen or more sites and attractions. Some you really want to experience are Font’s Point (especially at sunset), Southern Emigrant Trail, Erosion Road, Vista del Malpais, Coyote Canyon and the Calcite Mine.


There are over 500 miles of desert roads, washes, and canyons in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park that await your exploration. These routes offer everything from easy drives on solid dirt roads to very challenging ones with steep descents, narrow passages to be maneuvered, and deep sand. A vehicle with good clearance is a must on all but the very easiest of routes. 4WD is recommended for serious exploring. Popular Routes include:
  • Coyote Canyon, high clearance will do fine at first but 4WD is necessary further on.
  • Font's Point, high clearance necessary, 4WD recommended, deep sand in places.
  • Blair Valley, higher elevation, flat road, good surface, can do with a car if careful.
  • Split-Mountain, spectacular route, high clearance is essential, 4WD recommended.
  • Grapevine Canyon, Long downhill starts near Ranchita, check conditions locally.

Off Road Excursions - Let someone else do the driving

California Overland Desert Excursions "Roughing it as its Finest" Adventure calls! Explore the Anza-Borrego desert on 2, 4 or 8-hour tours, overnight camping trips or full 30+ hour excursions aboard our way-cool, open-air military vehicles. Escape the paved road and visit special hidden places. Private jeep tours also. 866-639-7567 | 760-767-1232 1233 Palm Canyon Drivee Borrego Springs, CA 92004 info@californiaoverland.comm
  owsvraThe nearby Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area offers more than 85,000 acres for off-highway experiences and exploration.  Primitive camping is permitted in most open areas. Ocotillo Wells Vehicle Recreation Area 5172 Highway 78 Borrego Springs CA 92004 760-767-5391  |  760-767-4951 Official website