South Carrizo Creek - Anza Borrego

4/5 (4 reviews)
Ocotillo, California (Imperial County)
Last Updated: 05/03/2017
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Trail Information


In the lower portion of Anza Borrego Desert, there is a section of trail that skirts around marsh land and is an interesting site to see. The level of green in the area is almost unbelievable as you head down the wash. If you choose to continue down this trail, it will take you straight into the heart of the Carrizo Badlands which can be said to be one of the most unique views of all of Anza Borrego Desert. The next time you are down that way, make sure you take Carrizo Creek South.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

Carrizo Canyon is mostly a sandy wash with some easy but tight dirt roads. The boulders are few and far between and can get up to about 6 inches round in spots. With the soft sand, it is recommended that you have 4WD to help reduce the risk of getting stuck.

Trail Reviews

4/5 (4 reviews)
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 05/01/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Great trail! Pinstriping is not bad, easy to avoid the bushes as long as you're not in a wide truck. The grade on the trail is very bumpy. Soft shocks help!
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 04/17/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

A nice way to connect Vallecito Wash to S2. Our stock Tacoma picked up some pinstriping from the brush. We saw and collected trash along the way, including beer bottles and a mylar birthday ballon. A coachwhip snake sunning in the middle of the road held us up from a moment until we scooted him along. Near S2 there's a nice looking campsite under a giant oak tree.
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 01/02/2021

I used this trail to get to the mud caves area. It’s pretty easy but watch out for overgrown bushes and some substantial woops that will jump out at you
Status: Open
Rated 3/5
Visited: 01/17/2020

Nice connector trail, there was a spot that looked like a good camping area midway through the trail. There was some pinstriping on the trail per the description; my doors learned that lesson the hard way.

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