At over 640,000 acres and 500 miles of roads, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is easily the biggest in California. And it positively blooms in spring! Get there soon and take in the wild—and wildflower—scenery! These three short hikes to overlooks each offer a different perspective of this vast desert.

Week: 03.20.2024
Regions: Southern CA

William Kenyon Overlook

William Kenyon Overlook Hike at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Some of the best vistas of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park are easily accessible via a short and sweet 1.25-mile (round-trip) hike just off the CA-78. Enter your next favorite desert viewpoint: the William Kenyon Overlook.
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North Lake Tahoe Spring 2024

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Calcite Mine Loop

Hike Calcite Mine Loop at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

In the remote eastern section of the massive Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, the 4.3-mile (round-trip, out-and-back) Calcite Mine route checks all the boxes for an Anza-Borrego highlight hike; and in the spring, adds a bonus blanket of wildflower blooms.
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Culp Valley Overlook

Hike the Culp Valley Overlook Trail in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

The next time you plan on heading down the 3,000-foot grade to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, take a pit stop at the 2.25-mile (round-trip) Culp Valley Overlook Trail.
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