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amsuarez86
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2/1/2013
amsuarez86
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Good morning all!

My girlfriend and I are avid fans of the outdoors. We enjoy camping, fishing and hiking as well. We are getting pretty tired of the run o' the mill type of camping and desire to attempt some primative tent camping, but without ever doing it we wanted to get some advice.

Are there areas that campers frequent in the Anza Borrego Desert?
Would we have to worry about illegals?
Are there certain trails to stay away from?

Any general information would be great.

I appreciate everyones time and consideration!

-Andrew
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mrkmc
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2/1/2013
mrkmc
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Check out the park map. It shows several "primitive camping areas" ( Blair Valley, Split Mountain, Arroyo Salado, etc) Page 8 and 9 of this PDF have all the info you will need. The great thing about abdsp is you can camp almost anywhere and its free! Never had a problem with illegals. Not really any areas I would avoid. Depending on what type of vehicle you have, that might keep you from certain areas. One of the above areas might be a good place to start, but really any dirt road shown on the park map has good places to camp.

Best advise for tent camping would be to have a low profile tent with a full rain fly and use all the guy lines to secure it in case it gets windy. Those large 8 man tents with a small rain fly on top tend to get destroyed if the wind kicks up. Also, fires aren't allowed on the ground so bring a metal fire pit.

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ziphius
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2/1/2013
ziphius
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Andew,

Welcome aboard! mrkmc not only gave you good camping advice for the park, he posted one of the funniest videos I've ever seen. smile Jim
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dsefcik
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2/1/2013
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Welcome to the forums amsuarez86!

mrkmc pretty much covered it....rangers do patrol most of the areas vehicles are allowed to travel and they enforce the fire rule so make sure you have the metal container for a fire. Schad's books have a lot of trips you could do out in ABDSP and you can easily incorporate camping or backpacking into them, they are a great resource to springboard ideas for trips out there.

@mrkmc: Great video..doesn't look like much fun, maybe no tent or a low tarp would be better...

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anutami
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2/1/2013
anutami
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Thanks for posting and welcome wink

This forum is a great resource. Most of the amazing areas of ABDSP have trip reports with photos to give you a good idea of what you are getting yourself into. Just make sure when you are traveling on the jeep trails your vehicle is equipped with the proper saftey gear and although you don't need 4wd in many areas it is always better to have it just in case.

If you have any questions about a specific area that interestes you in the park (It is huge and diverse) don't hesitate to start a thread. The primitive camping areas are a great place to start, but you will soon realize finding a totally seculded spot deep in a canyon or wash is what the park is all about.

you will also be able find better protection from the wind so your tent won't look like the ones in the youtube video...some of the tents looked like there were bodies in there keeping them from blowing away....So Hilarious
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DesertWRX
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2/1/2013
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If you want to camp near bathrooms then Bow Willow, Arroyo Salado, and Fish Creek are good free campgrounds. If you have a 4wd, then there are hundreds (thousands?) of places to go near roads. mrkmc's post with the pdf is good.
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2/4/2013
surfponto
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I second Bow Willow.
Great hikes around the area and you are in the quieter end of the Anza Borrego Desert.
Welcome to the forum smile
Bob

DesertWRX wrote:
If you want to camp near bathrooms then Bow Willow, Arroyo Salado, and Fish Creek are good free campgrounds. If you have a 4wd, then there are hundreds (thousands?) of places to go near roads. mrkmc's post with the pdf is good.
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TR
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2/6/2013
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Andrew;
Anza Borrego is the only state park that allows "open camping" anywhere in the park. Just your basic common sense rules about camping near a stream, and open fires have to be contained in a metal container, and you have to pack in your wood and pack out your ashes. I get around that by using a canister type stove.
Otherwise just pitch you tent any where in the park.
Tom
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