Grapevine Canyon Road

Borrego Springs, California (San Diego County)

Last Updated: 05/08/2019
4.7 / 5 ( 3 reviews )
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Highlight: Grapevine Canyon Road
Grapevine Canyon was one of the historic routes into Borrego Valley before SR-78 was completed in the 1930's. Even before it was used as a horse and wagon trail by settlers and miners, Grapevine Canyon was home to the Kumeyaay Indians and their artifacts can still be found in the area. Today, Grapevine Canyon provides a fun off-road trail either on its own or as a leg of an overland expedition through the desert Southwest. The trail also serves as a great entrance route into Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, starting from S-22 outside Anza-Borrego and descending into the heart of the park near Tamarisk Grove Campground. A smattering of historic sites dot the trail, including Yaqui Well, a historic year-round seep that has been used by native peoples and desert travelers for centuries. The area around Yaqui Well is also known for attracting numerous and diverse bird species, making it an excellent spot for bird watching.


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1. Grapevine Canyon Trailhead (0 mi)
The trailhead for Grapevine Canyon Road looks like a private driveway off the south side of S-22. The white sign for "Grapevine Canyon Road" indicates the right starting point.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Temecula

From the north, take I-15 south to CA-79. Proceed south on CA-79 for about 40 miles. Turn left on San Felipe Rd (S-2) and go 4.7 miles to Montezuma -Borrego Hwy (S-22). Turn left, and proceed for an additional approximate 2.5 miles. The trailhead is on the right. Although marked by a sign, the trailhead may be a bit hard to spot because it looks like the other private driveways on S-22.



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Brent Colasurdo

Mapping Crew - California

Brent's passion for outdoor adventures began with backpacking and mountain climbing while growing up in Portland, Oregon. Eventually, he realized that it was easier to drive the trails than walk them, and Brent's love of off-roading was born. Brent is now an (adopted) native of California. He can be found sullying the leather upholstery of his 2013 Range Rover Sport throughout the deserts and mountains of Southern California.
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