Mountain Palm Springs Campground is one of several free primitive campgrounds in Anza Borrego State Park that are accessible via graded dirt road. Mountain Palm Springs is a rugged campground in the desert, and is one of the least hospitable campgrounds in the state park, with cholla cactus surrounding the camping area. For those not familiar with cholla cactus, they are nicknamed “the jumping cactus” because of they easily stick to fur and clothes, seemingly without coming anywhere close to contact with them.
Anza Borrego Desert State Park is one of the largest state parks in the country and offers a ton of activities including hiking, camping, and off-roading on over 500 miles of trails that cross the park. The park is also known for massive wildflower blooms after spring rains that blanket the dry desert.
There are no designated campsites at Mountain Palm Springs Campground. When camping at Mountain Palm Springs Campground be prepared for primitive desert camping, with no amenities beyond the bare essential vault toilet. Campfires are allowed, but they must be contained in a metal container; ground fires are not allowed in Anza Borrego State Park.
Mountian Palm Springs Campground Features
|Campground Type:||Primitive, Dispersed|
|Number of Campsites:||Not Defined – Virtually Unlimited|
|Fire Rings:||None – Ground fires are not allowed in Anza Borrego. Campfires are allowed in metal containers, bring your own.|
|Toilets:||Yes – Vault Toilets|
|Trash/Dumpsters:||None – Pack it out|
|RV/Trailer Length:||35 Feet|
|Cell Phone Service:||None|
|Operating Season:||Campground Open Year-Round|
|Geo Coordinates:||32.862434, -116.215294|
|Nearest City/Town:||Borrego Springs, California|
|Location:||San Diego County, California|
|Paved Road Access:||None|
|Proximity to Stores:||17 Miles to Ocotillo, CA|
|Directions:||From Interstate 8 in the town of Ocotillo, exit on to County Highway S2 (Imperial Highway) and head north west for 16 miles. Be on the lookout for a small, square brown sign reading “Mountain Palm Springs Camp” on your right. Just past the sign on your left will be a dirt road leading to Mountain Palm Springs Campground. Drive for less than one mile to reach the campground.|
|Web:||Anza Borrego State Park||Twitter:|
|Reservations:||Not Available – First Come – First Served|
Be Sure to Bring
When To Go
Fall through Spring – Mountain Palm Springs Campground and the rest of Anza Borrego State Park is busiest during the non-summer months, due to the high summer temperatures in the area.
Do not go to Mountain Palm Springs Campground in the summer. Temperatures usually exceed 100 degrees daily.
What To Do
Hiking – The mountains behind the campground have small valleys that are great hiking destinations. The valleys have small groves of California’s only native palm trees.
Off-roading – There are lots of off-roading trails all around Anza Borrego State Park, however many of the popular trails are located further down in the lower valley.
Wildflowers – Anza Borrego State Park is known for spring wildflower blooms. The level of wildflower activity will depend on the amount of rain in the winter and spring.
Image Credits: Omar Barcena via Flickr