Culp Valley

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

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Montezuma Valley Rd (Co. Hwy S22)
Borrego Springs, CA 92004
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GPS: 33.2232, -116.4558

Last Price Paid: $0
Pad Type: dirt
Tent Camping: Yes

Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving down dirt roads.
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A. Christensen
Chevrolet Express 2500
44 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 2

A. Christensen would stay here again

Reviewed Mar 05, 2015

Overall Rating

Culp Valley is a beautiful bowl-shaped place in the mountains, at about 3,200 feet. The highway up from Borrego Springs (S22) is steep and twisty. Or, if you're coming from the west, Culp Valley is just down from the summit a mile or so. The unpaved track into Culp Valley is narrow and lumpy, with several washouts. Larger vehicles or ones with low ground clearance will not be happy. There are several wide spots, slots and such to camp in, not what you'd typically call campsites. Most are small and better suited for tent camping. None are level. There are no tables or fire rings. And fires must be within metal containers, like barbecue grills. There is no water. The vault toilet is clean.

Large rock formations shield most of Culp Valley from the light traffic noise on the highway. They also provide climbing opportunities, with fantastic views of the flatlands below, all the way to the Salton Sea. The elevation means it's cooler than the flats of Anzo-Borrego Desert. That can be great, depending on the time of year. I was there the first week of March, and it was very chilly at night.

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