Coyote Canyon Lower - Anza

4.5/5 (11 reviews)
Borrego Springs, California (San Diego County)
Last Updated: 09/26/2022
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Lower Coyote Canyon is a popular trail on the west side of Anza Borrego. Known for its water crossings year-round, this lush area of the desert is always fun to travel. Coyote Canyon was named by Captain Juan Bautista De Anza during his overland exploration where he camped in this area on March 14, 1774. In 1775, Anza lead a colonizing expedition of 240 people and 800+ heads of livestock. Coyote Canyon closes from June 1st to September 30th to preserve the watering rights of the desert bighorn sheep.

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Trail Reviews

4.5/5 (11 reviews)
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Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 05/15/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

I did this trail twice in my stock Tacoma SR5 in the first part of 2022. It's a fantastic drive with a little bit of everything. After the water crossings, there's a fun rock garden, and it's a good idea to have a bit of clearance through this section. My stock Tacoma did just fine, but maybe something like a Subaru might have some trouble???
Status: Open
Visited: 11/14/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

As others have mentioned, used to be a lot more fun before they graded the trail. Still a nice and very scenic route to get you to the campground at Sheep Canyon.
Trail Review: Coyote Canyon Lower - Anza - Cullen Powers
Trail Review: Coyote Canyon Lower - Anza - Cullen Powers
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Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/23/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

Super rad trail. It’s probably like a 1 most of the way right up until about 3/4 of the way in when you start to climb a steep hill. Even then, the park seems to have graded it over the summer. It used to be much rockier and loose. As of this October it was graded and only requires 2WD. I’d say this is a 2/3
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 03/22/2021

Beautiful trail, drove the day after rain so the water crossing had some water, love the changing plants and views, easy drive
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 01/27/2021

Fun trail with some interesting history. We liked the fact that the vegetation changed as you proceed through the trail. Water crossing were shallow. The third crossing was the only one with water. Loved the history of Anza camping here in 1774.

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