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Anza-borrego Desert

Getting there & around

By car from Palm Springs, take I-10 east to Indio, Hwy 86 south along the Salton Sea and turn west on S22; the 85-mile drive to Borrego Springs takes around two hours. From LA, take I-10 east to I-15 south, Hwy 79 east from Temecula past Warner Springs, then S2 and S22 to Borrego Springs; a 150-mile (three-hour) total trip. From San Diego, there are a few routes. One way is to follow I-8 east to scenic Hwy 79, which winds north through Cuyamaca Rancho State Park to Julian, then Hwy 78 east and S3 north over Yaqui Pass to Borrego Springs, a 90-mile (2½-hour) trip. Winding S2 also heads north from I-8 at Ocotillo and connects to Hwy 78 after about 45 miles.

San Diego’s Metropolitan Transit Service operates a limited (nondaily) bus route from Ramona to Borrego Springs via Julian, with occasional stops in Ocotillo Wells and along S2 to Agua Caliente. To get to here from San Diego, though, you’ll need to transfer buses at least twice, in Escondido and Ramona. For fare information, bus schedules and bicycle rack reservations, phone 800-858-0291.

Anza-borrego Desert