- Anza-Borrego Desert State ParkJulian, CArecommended Anza-Borrego Desert State ParkForgot until today how awesome the scenery is at California's biggest state park, down south near San Diego and Imperial County. Drive from Warner Springs down to Borrego Springs (a retro desert ... read moreresort town) for dizzying views. The Elephant Trees Trail near Ocotillo Wells and the nature trail at Tamarisk Grove are great short hikes. Take the dirt road around Blair Valley to see Native American pictographs and morteros (grinding rocks). Starry skies are the best reason to camp overnight, maybe at primitive (and typically deserted) Bow Willow campground in the southern part of the park, past Agua Caliente County Park's hot-springs pools.Sara Benson
For park highlights, check out my Gogobot review above. Palm Canyon campground has the most amenities and is near the town of Borrego Springs, which is handy for restaurants, cafes, bars, etc. Another great place to camp is the Tamarisk Grove campground, which was newly upgrade recently and has simple camping cabins opening Dec. 1.
recommended JulianOne and a half hour away from San Diego this old Gold Mine town is a nice place to relax, enjoy cool weather, actual seasons and even some snow in winter. It's also where San Diego goes to eat apple ... read morepies and tons of candies.Olivier Pasco
On your way back from Borrego don't forget to stop in Julian...
recommended Borrego Palm Canyon TrailAn easy hike in the middle of the Anza Borrego desert leading to an oasis with huge palm trees and a little of water (unless you at there in the middle if summer which would be insane).
- Agua Caliente Park39555 Great Southern Overland Stage Route of 1849, Julian, Californiarecommended Agua Caliente ParkBig campground with tent and RV spots and brand new cabins and 3 pools filed by natural hot spring water in the middle of the Borrego Spring desert.Olivier Pasco
There are several hikes leaving from this campground. You can find maps at the ranger station or the little store just outside of the camp.