Vern Whitaker Horse Camp in Anza Borrego State Park is a popular destination in Southern California for equestrian camping, especially during the spring and fall. The campground is less busy in the winter time. The campground is adjacent to 30 miles of horse-accessible trails that meander through the nearby canyons and valleys.

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 10 campsites at Vern Whitaker Horse Camp, each campsite is accessible for RV and tent camping. Picnic tables, fire rings, and access to bathrooms, outdoor showers, and drinking water are available. Corrals are also available.

Online Campsite Reservations

Vern Whitaker Horse Camp Features

Campground Type: Organized
Number of Campsites: 10 Campsites
Cost: $35/night
Use Level: Medium
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Fire Rings: Yes
Drinking Water: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Showers: Yes – Outdoor Shower
Trash/Dumpsters: Yes
Hiking Access: Yes
Beach/Lake Access: None
RV/Trailer Length: 35 Feet
RV/Trailer Amenities: None
Cell Phone Service: Possible on some carriers
Wifi: None
Operating Season: Campground open year-round

Getting There

Geo Coordinates: 33.348834, -116.399539
Nearest City/Town: Borrego Springs, California
Elevation: 900 Feet
Location: San Diego County, California
Paved Road Access: None
Proximity to Stores: 3 Miles to Borrego Springs, CA
From County Road S3 (Borrego Springs Road) turn right on Henderson Canyon Road. Travel for about 1/8 of a mile and head north on Horse Camp Road. There will be a sign for the campground. Continue on the dirt road through the orange groves for about 4 miles Vern Whitaker Horse Camp.


Phone: (760) 767-5311 Facebook:
Web: Anza Borrego State Park Twitter:
Reservations: via Reserve America

Online Campsite Reservations

Be Sure to Bring

When To Go

Fall through Spring – Vern Whitaker Horse Camp and the rest of Anza Borrego State Park is busiest during the non-summer months, due to the high summer temperatures in the area. Springtime also brings Anza Borrego’s wildflower blooms.

Do not camp here in the summer. Temperatures usually exceed 100 degrees daily.

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What To Do

Hiking – There are many hills in the area that are available for hiking, just be sure to take water.

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:  slworking2 via Flickr

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