Fish Creek Campground is also known as Split Mountain Campground and is a primitive campground on the south eastern edge of California’s Anza Borrego State Park that is accessible via graded dirt road. Fish Creek Campground has 6 campsites, that are not particularly marked as designated campsites, but since dispersed camping is available anywhere in Anza Borrego, you camp pretty much anywhere.

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.

When camping at Fish Creek Campground be prepared for primitive desert camping, with no amenities beyond a vault toilet and fire rings. Campfires are allowed, but they must be contained in a metal container; ground fires are not allowed in Anza Borrego State Park.

Fish Creek Campground Features

Campground Type: Primitive, Dispersed
Number of Campsites: Not Defined – Virtually Unlimited
Cost: Free
Use Level: Low
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Fire Rings: Yes – Ground fires are not allowed in Anza Borrego. Campfires are allowed in metal containers, bring your own.
Drinking Water: None
Toilets: Yes – Vault Toilets
Showers: None
Trash/Dumpsters: None – Pack it out
Hiking Access: Yes
Beach/Lake Access: None
RV/Trailer Length: 25 Feet
RV/Trailer Amenities: None
Cell Phone Service: None
Wifi: None
Operating Season: Campground Open Year-Round

Getting There

Geo Coordinates: 33.036297, -116.106949
Nearest City/Town: Borrego Springs, California
Elevation: 280 Feet
Location: San Diego County, California
Paved Road Access: None
Proximity to Stores: 27 Miles to Borrego Springs, CA
From Borrego Springs, head towards CA Route 78 East and drive 6.6 miles to Ocotillo Wells in Ocotillo Wells SVRA. Turn south on Split Mountain Road. About 8 miles from Route 78, and 2 1/4 miles past the Elephant Tree Trail Area, the pavement comes to and end. Turn right on a dirt road up the center of a sandy wash. Road conditions may vary, but the route is typically not entirely suitable for low clearance vehicles. After 1.4 miles, you will see the turnoff for Fish Creek Campground.


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Reservations: Not Available – First Come – First Served

Be Sure to Bring

When To Go

Fall through Spring – Fish Creek 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 Fish Creek Campground in the summer. Temperatures usually exceed 100 degrees daily.

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What To Do

Hiking & Off Roading– The area around Fish Creek Campground is a popular four-wheel drive destination, with lots hiking to sights, including the nearby Wind Caves, which are sandstone rocks that have been smoothed and eroded by wind and rain. Small tunnels and caves have been formed in the rocks by the elements.

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:  Slworking2 via Flickr

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