Yaqui Pass Campground is a primitive desert campground in California’s Anza Borrego State Park located in a gravel lot just off of County Highway S3. Yaqui pass offers no amenities, and has no designated campsites. Although Yaqui Pass does not offer much in the way of amenities, it is a good place to RV camp due to the wide open space and the access to the rest of Anza Borrego State Park.

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.

Camping at Yaqui Pass Campground is a primitive desert camping experience. Campfires are allowed, but they must be contained in a metal container; ground fires are not allowed in Anza Borrego State Park.

Yaqui Pass Campground Features

Campground Type: Primitive, Dispersed
Number of Campsites: Not Defined – Virtually Unlimited
Cost: Free
Use Level: Low
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Fire Rings: Ground fires are not allowed in Anza Borrego. Campfires are allowed in metal containers, bring your own.
Drinking Water: None
Toilets: None
Showers: None
Trash/Dumpsters: None – Pack it out
Hiking Access: Yes
Beach/Lake Access: None
RV/Trailer Length: Not Defined
RV/Trailer Amenities: None
Cell Phone Service: None
Wifi: None
Operating Season: Campground Open Year-Round

Getting There

Geo Coordinates: 33.14875, -116.349823
Nearest City/Town: Borrego Springs, California
Elevation: 1730 Feet
Location: San Diego County, California
Paved Road Access: Yes
Proximity to Stores: 10 Miles to Borrego Springs, CA
Yaqui Pass Campground is locate 1 mile east of California Highway 78 on San Diego County Road S3.


Phone: (760) 767-5311 Facebook:
Web: Anza Borrego State Park Twitter:
Reservations: Not Available – First Come – First Served

Be Sure to Bring

When To Go

Fall through Spring – Yaqui Pass 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. However, these are the best times to visit Sheep Canyon. The campground is not likely to be packed, and even if it was, there would be plenty of room for camping in the area.

Do not go to Yaqui Pass Campground in the summer. Temperatures usually exceeding 100 degrees daily.

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What To Do

Hiking – The trailhead for Bill Kenyon Overlook Trail is located in Yaqui Pass Campground.

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:  Anita Gould via Flickr

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