Exploring Central: County Road S-2 (Southern Emigrant Trail)
In the central part of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, County
Road S-2 is known as the Southern Emigrant Trail. The road passes through
Earthquake Valley, Blair Valley, Mason Valley, Vallecito Valley, and Carrizo
Valley where it becomes known as Sweeney Pass Road in Anza-Borrego South.
From north to south, points of interest include:
- Scissors Crossing
Historic marker. Pacific Crest Trail. Sentenac
Ranch. Highway 78.
- Earthquake Valley
Earthquake Valley. Shelter Valley (small
store, campround). Pinyon Mountain Road (North Pinyon Mountains, California
Riding & Hiking Trail, Pinyon
Mountain Valley, Whale Peak, Fish Creek Wash).
Cool Canyon. Granite Mountain. Little Blair Valley
- Blair Valley
Blair Valley, ABDSP campground. Foot &
Walker Pass. Marshal South Ruins. Morteros.
Pictographs. Smuggler Canyon. California Riding & Hiking Trail. More.
- Box Canyon
Box Canyon, California Riding & Hiking
Trail, Hornblende Canyon.
- Mason Valley
Mason Valley. Oriflamme Canyon. Rodriguez Canyon.
Rainbow Canyon. Campbell
- Vallecito Valley
Vallecito Ranch. The Potrero. Vallecito
Station County Park. Vallecito Creek. Bisnaga Wash.
- Carrizo Valley
Agua Caliente County Park. Inner Pasture.
June Wash, Palm Spring, Mesquite Oasis, Arroyo Hueso, Arroyo Tapiado, Arroyo
Seco del Diablo, Indian Gorge/Valley, Torote Canyon. Trailhead for Sombrero
- Sweeney Pass Road
See Anza-Borrego South.
Exploring Central Anza-Borrego: Highway 78
San Sebastian Marsh
Highway 78 stretches across Central Anza-Borrego from Julian in the mountains
west of the desert to the Algodones Dunes to the east. Points of interest
are listed below.
- Julian to Scissors Crossing
Julian, Southern Emigrant
Trail, Scissors Crossing,
Felipe Valley Road
- Scissors Crossing to The Narrows
Sentenac Canyon, Plum Canyon, Grapevine
Canyon, Yaqui Well, Lizard Wash, Tamarisk Grove,
Stag Cove, Mescal Bajada, Chuckwalla
Wash, Mine Wash/Canyon, Nolina Wash, Pinyon
Wash/Canyon, Sunset Mountain, Narrows Earth
Trail, Quartz Vein Wash, The Narrows
- The Narrows to West Butte
Old Borrego Valley Road, Nude Wash, Old
Kane Spring Road, Borrego Springs Road, Buttes
- Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area
- Split Mountain Road
Split Mountain Road, Elephant
Trees, Alma Wash, Fish Creek Mountains, US Gypsum,
Split Mountain Gorge, FishCreek-Vallecito
- Highway 86 to the Algodones Dunes
Brawley, Sonny Bono, Imperial Sand Dunes (Algodones
Exploring Central: Highway 86
Highway 86 is a major north-south highway passing the west shore of the Salton
Sea. Highway 78 joins Highway 86 at Trifolium. The two roads go together to
Brawley where Highway 78 goes eastward to the Algodones Dunes and Highway
86 continues south to El Centro.