Bow Willow Campground is the southern-most campground in Anza Borrego State Park, and is one of only a handful of developed campgrounds in the Southern California desert park. Bow Willow is a small campground, with only 16 campsites it still gives you the same secluded feeling that you get from the primitive campgrounds that are in the 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.

The campground is located on the site of an old Kumeyaay Indian Village, with a handful of relics from the village as well as early cattle ranchers in the area located nearby. There are a few hiking trailheads that originate in Bow Willow Campground that lead to the Carrizo Badlands and Mountain Palm Springs. Four-wheel drive trails are also accessible from the campground.

The 16 designated campsites at Bow Willow Campground each have a fire ring, picnic tables, shade ramadas, and access to bathrooms, showers, and drinking water.

Currently there is no running water at Bow Willow Campground. Showers, flush toilets, and drinking water are unavailable at this time.

Bow Willow Campground Features

Campground Type: Organized
Number of Campsites: 16
Cost: $15/night
Use Level: Low
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Fire Rings: Yes
Drinking Water: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Showers: Yes
Trash/Dumpsters: Yes
Hiking Access: Yes
Beach/Lake Access: None
RV/Trailer Length: 35 Feet
RV/Trailer Amenities: None
Cell Phone Service: None
Wifi: None
Operating Season: Campground Open Year-Round

Getting There

Geo Coordinates: 32.842202, -116.225880
Nearest City/Town: Borrego Springs, California
Elevation: 950 Feet
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 15 miles. Be on the lookout for a small, square brown sign reading “Bow Willow Creek Camp” on your right. Just past the sign on your left will be a dirt road leading to Bow Willow Campground. Drive for one mile to reach the campground.


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

When To Go

Fall through Spring – Bow Willow Campground and the rest of Anza Borrego State Park is busiest fall through the spring.

Do not go to Bow Willow Campground in the summer. Temperatures usually exceed 100 degrees daily.

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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.

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  1. I’ll be hiking through that area and was wondering about the “no water” note above. How recent is this and do you know the current status? I called the park and they didn’t have much idea. Thanks.


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