South Carrizo Creek - Anza Borrego

4.3/5 (8 reviews)
Ocotillo, California (San Diego County)
Last Updated: 03/22/2023

Trail Information



South Carrizo Creek follows its namesake water tributary through a flood plane resulting in one of the greenest trails in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. With lush vegetation and perfect for late winter flowers, the trail provides spectacular views of the Vallecito, Tierra Blanco, and the Sawtooth Mountains in one direction and the Carrizo Badlands in another. When exploring the more famous trails, such as Canyon Sin Nombre, don't lose sight of this gem hidden in plain sight.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

South Carrizo Creek can be run in either direction, connecting S2 to Bow Willow Creek Road. The road is smooth with packed to soft shallow sand and no obstacles. It is suitable for any high-clearance vehicle.

Trail Reviews

4.3/5 (8)
Official Crew
Rated 5/5
Visited: 03/22/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Camped on the trail, even through it wasn't the plan, I think it worked out 10 times better. The views were stunning and had okay cell service.
Visited: 03/11/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Nice easy trail with some nice camping spots along the way. The flowers were in full superbloom today! I recommend do the short side trip up Egg Mountain on the other side of S2 - great views from there.
Rated 4/5
Visited: 02/20/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Took this trail instead of Canyon Sin Nombre as we wanted to make our way to find a camp site. Easy road that you can travel at a good pace. Plenty of light pin-striping.
Official Crew
Rated 5/5
Visited: 01/21/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Great way to enter Anza, easy trail, airing down helped keep my teeth from rattling out of my skull when going over bumps.
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!

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