Day Trip to Anza Borrego Desert

When picturing San Diego, images of palm trees, beaches, and renowned attractions like the San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld often dominate our thoughts. While these are fantastic features that showcase the beauty of our city, there’s a wealth of hidden treasures waiting to be discovered. For those seeking to broaden their horizons and venture beyond the conventional San Diego experience, we recommend incorporating a day trip to Anza-Borrego Desert into your itinerary during your upcoming visit.

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is the largest state park in California covering over 640,000 acres of desert landscape. This state park is a nature-lovers paradise, with several hiking trails offering breathtaking views of mountain ranges and canyons. Visitors can also explore the park’s unique geology, ecology, and cultural history. Visiting this spring? Don’t miss the chance to step and smell the flowers! Anza-Borrego Desert is known for the wildflower bloom during the months of February – April. This makes the perfect stop for families, as it features a wide range of activities for all ages and interests.

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park sign with mountains in the back
  • 6 am: Wake up and catch the sunrise, experiencing the changing scenery as you leave the city behind. Watch the desert come alive with hues of orange and pink, setting the tone for an unforgettable adventure.
  • 8:30 am: Hike The Slot, one of the most popular trails in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. This easy hike can be done as an out-and-back or a loop, totaling 2 miles.
  • 10:30/11 am: Visit Galleta Meadows Sculptures, a captivating sculpture garden featuring over 130 large metal sculptures in the fields around Borrego Springs. A must-see attraction.
  • 12:30 pm: Enjoy lunch in Borrego Springs, either with a picnic or at one of the local restaurants.
  • 2 pm: Hike the Palm Canyon Trail, a 2.8-mile out-and-back trail of easy to moderate difficulty, taking 1.5 to 2 hours. This trail leads from the dry desert to a hidden oasis, offering a chance to spot bighorn sheep.
  • 5 pm: Head back to Coronado Beach Resort to unwind and relax. Cook your own meal in the fully equipped kitchen or order takeout and enjoy your evening at your home-away-from-home. 

Coronado Beach Resort invites you on a captivating day trip to the stunning Anza-Borrego Desert. Book your stay with us and let the adventure unfold as you explore the diverse landscapes of Anza-Borrego Desert.