Oriflamme Canyon

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Oriflamme Canyon is an ancient route connecting Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and Banner, California. Long before overlanding and four-wheeling, the Kumeyaay, Spanish, and early settlers used the route for trade, travel, and seasonal dwelling. Oriflamme was the name given to the first mine that w... Read More
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Highlights of Oriflamme Canyon

Altitude Category Icon Altitude
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Desert Category Icon Desert
Overland Category Icon Overland
Scenic Category Icon Scenic
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Highest Elevation
4152 ft
Shape of Trail
Straight Through
Typically Open
Year Round
Best Direction
North
Nearest Town
Julian
Nearest Services
Julian
Management Agency
California Department of Parks and Recreation
District
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Overview

Oriflamme Canyon is an ancient route connecting Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and Banner, California. Long before overlanding and four-wheeling, the Kumeyaay, Spanish, and early settlers used the route for trade, travel, and seasonal dwelling. Oriflamme was the name given to the first mine that worked in the area, and the canyon and mountain soon took on the name as well. It is believed that the name came from the steamship "Oriflamme," which brought miners to San Diego in 1870 during the Julian gold rush. The road became more pronounced during the various mining booms, and today is included in many overland trips through Anza-Borrego. It offers mountain scenery with tall oak trees, adventurous shelf roads, and a chance to see crystal clear fresh running water at the right time of the year.


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