Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is a wonderful place for schoolchildren to explore. Read below about some ideas and options for your next school group outing. Can’t make it out to the desert? Bring our live PORTS program right into your classroom!
Begin your visit at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park's award-winning Visitor Center. There you will find exhibits, 15-minute films, a native plant garden and a sales area with books, maps, postcards and more. Modern restrooms and a drinking fountain are available as well as bus parking. Open daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m., October through May. Weekends and holidays only, June through September.
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Visitor Center
200 Palm Canyon Drive
Borrego Springs, CA 92004
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park offers interpretive programs for visiting school groups that are led by trained staff and volunteers. Reservations are required at least three weeks in advance. Call 760-767-0334 to schedule a program.
What to Expect
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (ABDSP) is California’s largest State Park. It extends over 900 square miles with an elevation ranging from 6,000-foot mountain peaks to a desert floor lying only 15 feet above sea level! ABDSP’s mission is to protect and preserve this diverse land and its resources.
Rainfall is generally less than seven inches per year. Be prepared for dry conditions, wind and temperatures over 100 degrees between April and November. However, temperatures in higher elevations and after dark may be very cool. Vegetation is sparse in most areas, and shade is hard to find. Plan to carry your own water. Many desert plants are equipped with spines, so be ready with a comb and tweezers to remove them.
A variety of park maps are available for sale at the Visitor Center and State Park Store. The free ABDSP magazine is a great resource for park information and recreational options and is available for download online. Some roads in ABDSP are located in sandy washes and require 4-wheel drive vehicles. It is a good idea to visit the Park and become familiar with an area before bringing a group. You can inquire about park road conditions and current wildlife sightings at the Visitor Center.
Suggested Areas for Groups
Borrego Palm Canyon Trail
Mine Wash Village Site
Elephant Trees Trail
Tamarisk Grove/Yaqui Well