Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is the largest state park in all of California and it's just a few hours from the center of San Diego. This 600,000 acre park is full of interesting and unique topography, desert plants, open space and native animals. It's a great location for some last minute camping for San Diego locals looking to get away from it all for a night or weekend.
Some people may not think of a massive desert as being particularly "pretty", but experiencing Anza-Borrego in the springtime will change their tune. From mid-March to June, the desert comes alive with stunning wildflowers. The rocky terrain suddenly pops with the red Ocotillo, breathtaking fuchsia verbena, red, yellow and orange flowers of the barrel cactus and many more vibrant wildflowers in bloom. It's a gorgeous time to visit and plan a camping trip to this unusual destination.
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is home to countless campgrounds and also allows "open-camping" where visitors can simply pull off the side of the road and set up camp. There are a few rules that must be followed such as: fires must be off the ground, campsite must be cleaned before departure and vehicles cannot obstruct the flow of traffic, but this expansive state park is fair game for a great camping adventure.
For visitors looking for a less rugged trip to Anza-Borrego, there are also a few San Diego hotels available near the park. Staying in a hotel makes it easy for guests to get out and explore the area by hiking or off-roading, and then retreating to a comfortable home-base - a San Diego hotel with all the comforts of home.
Every season in Anza-Borrego is interesting and unique, but the spring wildflowers are not to be missed. The overwhelming beauty of a desert hillside covered in brightly colored flowers is definitely worth a quick road trip or weekend getaway in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.