Sheep Canyon - Anza Borrego

Ocotillo, California (Imperial County)

Last Updated: 05/06/2017
4.7 / 5 ( 3 reviews )
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Seasonal Closure
Typically Open: 09/30 - 06/01
Length: 3.88 miles
Highest Elevation: 1539 feet
Duration: About 4 hours
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Ocotillo
Nearest Town w/ Services: Ocotillo
Official Road Name: Sheep Canyon
Management Agency: Anza-Borrega Desert State Park
District: Anza-Borrega Desert State Park


Highlight: Sheep Canyon - Anza Borrego
Part of Coyote Canyon Lower, Sheep Canyon Trail used to be a popular thru way people enjoyed often. Sheep Canyon got its name from the seasonal pools of water and mud that the big horn sheep come down from the mountains to drink. Now since the park service has closed the trail for a short distance between Coyote Canyon Upper and Coyote Canyon Lower, this area sees a lot less traffic on it. Thus now this area is a great retreat to avoid crowds and enjoy the peaceful scenery of Anza Borrego Desert.


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1. Sheep Canyon (Lower Coyote Canyon) (0 mi)
The trail begins at the end of Coyote Canyon Lower. Sheep Canyon is technically part of Coyote Canyon from earlier times when the trail used to connect all the way to the top. Since they closed the middle section of Coyote Canyon, the traffic on this trail has virtually stopped making this area a great place to get away from the crowds.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Borrego Springs, CA

The trail continues off of Coyote Canyon Lower in Anza Borrego State Park in California. You can't miss it. Just take Coyote Canyon Lower to the end of the trail.



Land Use Issues

The area is closed from June 1 to Sept 30. Please plan accordingly.

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Writer Information

Josh Noesser

Mapping Crew - California

Joshua Noesser grew up in Southern California but has lived in different parts of the country during his young adult life. Josh was first turned to four wheeling when he road with one of his friends dad up Surprise Canyon in the Panamint Valley at age14. After nearly 3 different roll overs later and a half dozen intense waterfalls, Josh was hooked. At 16 he purchased his first Jeep a CJ 7 and by 17 was putting his first locker in it. Currently, Josh is the owner and CEO of Nybble, an IT Solutions Company based in Orange County, California. Nybble isn't your normal IT company where everyone stays in and plays video games. Nybble's average company trip is out on the trails since a good amount of his staff enjoy wheeling too. As Josh likes to say, he offers the only IT Company with the ability to provide services in extreme locations. "If you want a server at the top of The Hammers, we will take care of that for you." Today you can find Josh out on the trail behind the wheel in one of his three different off-road vehicles. See the vehicles below for more information. If you ever run into Josh, please say high, he is a very friendly person and is always happy to have a new person join the group.
For individual use only, not to be shared.