"Ocotillo to Anza-Borrego" Ocotillo by lmkluque

Ocotillo Travel Guide: 12 reviews and 26 photos

An Eye Opening Experience

Welcome to my Ocotillo page,

San Diego County is a large area consisting of; the ocean coast, valleys, mountians and the desert. All within an hour's drive from one to the other. Ocotillo is a very small town in the desert and is at one end of the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park which you will learn about here.

The desert is an awesome place, and Anza Borrego consists of 600,000 acres. It appears from a distance, to be devoid of life, actually there are more than 600 varieties of plants and abundant species of wildlife, including mountain lions and big-horned sheep.

My sister wanted to check out a "really nice" camp site, at Anza-Borrego, that she had been told about, called Agua Caliente, translated: Hot Water.

The focal point of this camp site happened to be a natural hot spring bubbling from the lower depths of the earth, occurring naturally in this part of San Diego County. She asked me to join her. I agreed, mainly to take pictures for this page. I've been out here several times and would never choose to camp in the desert, but many people come year after year and love it! You decide for yourself.

The temperatures are HOT (110 degrees or higher) in the summer.

There is a visitors' center, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except in summer, when it is only open on weekends. At this Center you can see an interesting film about desert plants and animals and get any information you might want to know about the desert.

Phone: 619 767-5311 for more info.

Hope you enjoy your visit to Ocotillo,

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Warm place during the winter.
  • Cons:Too hot in the summer time.
  • In a nutshell:Spring time is the best time out here.
  • Last visit to Ocotillo: Mar 2010
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Feb 23, 2015 at 9:51 PM

    I've never heard of this state park, so I've enjoyed learning about it through your virtual tour!

  • blueskyjohn's Profile Photo
    Oct 24, 2013 at 3:50 AM

    Nice page Linda. Love that sign! Anza-Borrego is on my list. I here the wild flowers in spring are amazing.

    • lmkluque's Profile Photo
      Oct 24, 2013 at 12:57 PM

      People do rave about the flowers here in spring. I think it might be more a contrast from the barren landscape than actually a wild profusion of color. At least that's how it seems to me.

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Sep 11, 2013 at 7:49 AM

    Wonderful page Linda! I always enjoy the state parks.

  • GentleSpirit's Profile Photo
    Sep 4, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    What a lovely travelogue. nice contrast showing the desert in bloom, normally a place so barren.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Nov 27, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Good that there are some colorful flowers in this otherwise barren area. 110 degrees F, that's HOT (over 43 degrees C).

  • aussirose's Profile Photo
    Mar 19, 2011 at 5:13 PM

    Certainly looks like a great experience Linda! Great travelogue with nice desert flower pix! :o) Hugs xx

  • Faiza-Ifrah's Profile Photo
    Feb 2, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    having lived in the UAE, Bahrain and Pakistan, i can relate to this place - perfect for a late fall, winter, early spring excursion i would think. it is really nice that you ventured here.

  • kymbanm's Profile Photo
    Jul 30, 2007 at 1:55 PM

    LOL, it's the carvings I love .... I used to come out here every month and crawl about the rocks ... younger and more spry back then of course ;)

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Apr 11, 2004 at 11:08 PM

    I loved deserts of the Southwest in April/May... I am not sure about being there in HOT summer :-)

  • zrim's Profile Photo
    Feb 22, 2003 at 9:54 PM

    Anza-Borrego is one of my favorite places.


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