Culp Valley Campground is a primitive campground located at 3,375 feet in elevation between two small peaks, west of of Borrego Springs, in the San Ysidro Mountains. Culp Valley is on the eastern end of Anza Borrego State Park and is somewhat removed from the dry, low desert landscape near the Salton Sea, and is a slightly more lush, with low scrub and bushes surrounding the campground. However removed it is from the desert, do not expect any trees at Culp Valley Campground. Shade is provided in the morning and afternoon hours at by boulders and tall brush.

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.

Campsites at Culp Valley are largely dispersed, but there are actually several loops that are designated for camping, mostly near the vault toilets that mark the campground. The potential campsites are located around a few dirt roads that branch out around the campground. The surrounding brush and boulders add privacy so that you can avoid seeing other campers while you unwind in the desert.

Culp Valley Campground Features

Campground Type: Primitive, Dispersed
Number of Campsites: Not Defined – Virtually Unlimited
Cost: Free
Use Level: Low
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Fire Rings: None – Ground fires are not allowed in Anza Borrego. Campfires are allowed in metal containers, bring your own.
Drinking Water: None
Toilets: Yes – Vault Toilet
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: 33.222624, -116.454897
Nearest City/Town: Borrego Springs, California
Elevation: 3200 Feet
Location: San Diego County, California
Paved Road Access: None
Proximity to Stores: 10 Miles to Borrego Springs, CA
  • From Christmas Circle in Borrego Springs, California, drive 1.3 miles west on Palm Canyon Road. Turn left on Montezuma Valley Road (County Highway S-22) Drive southwest on Montezuma Valley Road for 8.2 miles and turn right on a dirt road into Culp Valley Campground.
  • From the west entrance to the the park, take Route 79 to Warner Springs and continue south on Route 79 for 3.5 miles. Turn left on San Felipe Road and proceed 4.7 miles to Montezuma Valley Road. Turn left and proceed 9.2 miles on Montezuma Valley Road to Culp Valley Campground on the left.


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 – Culp Valley Campground and the rest of Anza Borrego State Park is busiest during the non-summer months, due to the summer temperatures in the area. However, these are the best times to visit Culp Valley. The campground is not likely to be packed, and even if it was, there would be plenty of room for camping in the area.

The summer is when you should think twice about going to Culp Valley Campground, with temperatures usually exceeding 100 degrees daily.

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What To Do

Hiking – Culp Valley Trail is a half-mile long trail leading out of Culp Valley Campground and offers an overlook, especially night, of the Borrego Valley and the town of Borrego Springs.

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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