San Diego Desert Guide

The popular Pumpkin Patch

A big draw to living in San Diego is the vast amount of desert to the east as a recreational destination.  Many activities include hiking, camping, off road fun, star gazing and recreation for San Diegans to participate.  The desert has massive amounts of appeal; it secures the user a sense of freedom and openness you can’t get anywhere else.  Nothing beats building a nice big bonfire at a desert campground, listening to tunes and planning your next day’s ride.
But the freedom that desert users have experienced in the past is being taken away by the ever increasing scourge of law enforcement, property owners fencing off land, environmental protection and development.

One of the best areas to camp is in and around Ocotillo Wells.  There are many places to visit and geographical areas that are interesting and educational for kids.  Depending on the amount of creature comforts you desire, this area has several amenities that can help your stay.  There are several stores close by to get supplies and ice. There are hot showers at Holmes Camp if you are running low on water and the infamous Iron Door offers some night life.  Some RV parks have cropped up as well if you don’t want to take your RV off-roading.

San Diego ATV desert recreation

ATV's enjoying the desert areas around San Diego and Imperial Counties

Anza- Borrego is a great place to see nature’s bounty.  The flowers that bloom here are incredible and usually happen around Feb/Mar/April.  There is so much to see and do here that a paragraph in this post will not do it justice.  There are many animal species that call home here as well, Bighorn Sheep, Chuckwallas, Rattlesnakes and Desert Iguanas.  Native American pictographs can be found depicting the past.   And beautiful streams and waterfalls depending on the rainfall also can be found in this desert paradise.  For more information on San Diego Desert destinations please Google or visit the links below.

State Parks:

Anza- Borrego SP http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=638
Vallecito Stage Station
Box Canyon
El Vado
Los Puertecitos
Palm Spring
Puerta/Butterfield Overland mail route

Ocotillo Wells SVRA http://ohv.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=1217
BLOW SAND HILL
DEVILS SLIDE
BARREL SPRINGS
SHELL REEF
GAS DOMES
PUMPKIN PATCH

BLM Areas:

Imperial Sand Dunes
Plaster City/Yuha Basin
Lark Canyon
Superstition Mountain Open Area
Glamis

San Diego Desert Season: Officially starts in October and ends around May.
Anza- Borrego Desert Natural History organization http://www.abdnha.org/index.html
Borrego Springs Chamber info http://www.borregospringschamber.com/abdsp/

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