Anza Borrego Desert State Park is one of the most remarkable wilderness areas in the United States. A mix of natural beauty, vastness, relative obscurity and the freedom to explore with far fewer restrictions that most other parks makes this a outdoor playground to intrigue the most jaded of park visitors.
The park is named for the Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza, who first traversed Coyote Canyon in 1774, and the big horn sheep that live in the region (known as borrego in Spanish). It is 915 square miles in size and can be explored via 500 miles of dirt roads, rugged four-wheel drive paths and many miles of hiking trails. More than 200 species of wildflowers bloom in the desert, and wildlife is plentiful: bighorn sheep, coyotes, lizards, rattlesnakes, foxes, bobcats, cougars and tons of birds, including roadrunners.
Anza Borrego also offers numerous possibilities for outdoor adventure and recreation.