Rockhouse

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

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Rockhouse Trail
Borrego Springs, CA 92004
760-767-5311
Official Website

GPS: 33.2978, -116.2867

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

Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving down dirt roads.
Learn more: Boondocking 101

17 people have reviewed this location.

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3bars
Verizon 3G
3bars
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3bars
AT&T 4G
1bars
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3bars
Sprint 3G
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Two Plus Lu

19 Escape 5.0 (formerly 2010 Four Wheel Camper Eagle)
2017 Toyota Tundra
33 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 3
Site Number: N/A

Two Plus Lu would stay here again

“Great boondocking, but cell service was unuseable”

Reviewed Nov 20, 2017

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We loved this spot and so badly wished we could have stayed longer, but the whole Borrego Springs area, including the town itself, is seriously suffering with cell tower overload. Even though we had service, it was completely unuseable. Such a bummer, so we had to pack up and move on. When you turn onto Rockhouse Trail, it starts as... more

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This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com


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Evergreengirl
WA
Escape 19
2009 Honda Ridgeline
31 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 2

Evergreengirl would stay here again

“Not so much fun the second time around.”

Reviewed Apr 11, 2017

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We boondocked at Rockhouse in mid-February and enjoyed it, but the wildflowers were not really at their peak yet, so we came back about three weeks later hoping to see more flowers. As for the flowers, we weren't disappointed. The display was fabulous! However, our experience at Rockhouse - not so much. First, it was very hot, getting ... more

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Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 5
“Beautiful during spring superbloom but no data...”

Reviewed Apr 03, 2017

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We spent almost a week here just off rock house road and had a great time. Even in march we had highs in mid 90s but since it was so dry just getting out of the sun was enough to stay comfortable. It's just open desert camping along the road but there is so much to explore in the area. Most of us were camping near the entrance but p... more

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3bars
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Nomaditagain

19 Riverside Retro
2014 Nissan Frontier
11 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 4

Nomaditagain would stay here again

“Free, beautiful, quite and a great epicenter for things to do!”

Reviewed Mar 24, 2017

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We boondocked here for 4 days. The town was a little busy because it was wild flower season, but it was still quaint and the people were super friendly. Town is only about 10miles from this camping spot. There's sky art, wild flowers, a dry lake bed, and the rock house canyon road (super rocky! Caution!) to go see locally. We also ... more

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2 reviews
Days stayed: 1

Tine would stay here again

“Free camping”

Reviewed Mar 14, 2017

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Loads of space and free camping. No problem for any sort of camper to stay. Don't camp behind market area, ranchers come by and check. Close to borrego springs and loads of hiking and off-roading opportunities.

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Jeanine
Portland, OR
27 Fleetwood Jamboree
5 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 9
Site Number: Our own

Jeanine would stay here again

“Breathtakingly Beautiful Desert Area”

Reviewed Mar 08, 2017

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We've been camping at the upper Peg Leg area since March 2, 2017. It is absolutely beautiful here with all the spring wildflowers blooming and the green meadow-like feel of the area after the recent rains. It is so quiet at night with bright stars and mostly clear and deep blue skies during daytime. The mountain views are stunning a... more

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Evergreengirl
WA
Escape 19
2009 Honda Ridgeline
31 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 3

Evergreengirl would stay here again

“Nice sunsets and close to town”

Reviewed Mar 06, 2017

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Rockhouse Trail (also known as Rockhouse Road) is an area of dispersed camping in Anza-Borrego State Park. This is an easily accessed FREE boondocking area off S22 and about a 15 minute drive into Borrego Springs. If you like desert scenery and a degree of solitude and can do without all the amenities that come with standard campground... more

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RobertT
Saanichton, BC, Canada
24 Itasca Navion iQ
17 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1
“Desert parking lot”

Reviewed Mar 02, 2017

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We stay here at least one night every time we go through Borrego Springs, it is possibly one of ugliest pieces of land in the park, however it is safe, you have lots of room and the hikes in the hills are great and the sunsets wonderful. Some people seem to stay for extended periods, to each his own but for my sense of desert there has... more

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KenneysSeeAmerica

30 Airstream International
2016 Chevy Silverado 2500
94 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 10
Site Number: 0

KenneysSeeAmerica would stay here again

“Great views and lots to do”

Reviewed Mar 02, 2017

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Rockhouse has a lot to offer. It's technically part of the state park but it feels like BLM. There is plenty of space to park and call your own. Enter the area off of Rockhouse road. The first section is paved then rocky/dirt hard pack. We had no trouble navigating our tow vehicle and 30' trailer. Lots to do in the area. Be sur... more

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Scott
Sisters, OR
36 Winnebago Journey
2014 Jeep Wrangler
50 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 10

Scott would stay here again

“Rockhouse Rocks!”

Reviewed Jan 10, 2017

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We spent 10 days here over the New Year's holiday. Even with a little rain and wind it will still an awesome place to stay. Close to Borrego Springs if you need supplies but far enough away to experience a little desert solitude. We enjoyed great hiking in the area and exploring off road in our Jeep.

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Life Rebooted

36 Tiffin Allegro Open Road 36LA
2014 Honda CR-V
161 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 2

Life Rebooted would stay here again

“Still plenty of space, and beautiful mountain views.”

Reviewed Feb 19, 2016

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We decided to stay at Rockhouse Rd. during our first trip to Borrego Springs, although we were worried about the recent comments about the available space being greatly reduced when California took over the land. We were pleasantly surprised to find plenty of space here, very little highway noise, and decent Verizon LTE and AT&T 4G sig... more

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3bars
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HereForTheBeer
Brattleboro, VT
27 Airstream International Sterling
23 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 9

HereForTheBeer would stay here again

“Great gathering spot in the desert”

Reviewed Jan 08, 2016

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Found out about a gathering of fellow full-timers here over the new year and decided to try to squeeze out of our introvert shells and give some socializing a try. We're so glad we did. We had a great time, but you're here to hear about the campsite... Flat, open, easy to access and quite popular. Easy trails surround you, a... more

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2bars
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Vincent
Napa, CA
25 Airstream Flying Cloud
2004 Ford F150
4 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 14
Site Number: 0
“Wonderful outdoor art gallery...”

Reviewed Jan 07, 2016

Overall Rating

Great place with weak wifi....

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Aluminarium

27 Airstream Flying Cloud
2014 Ford F-250
252 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 14

Aluminarium would stay here again

“Great alternative to old Clark Dry Lake location”

Reviewed Jan 05, 2016

Overall Rating

Camping still exists at the Clark Dry Lake location listed on Campendium, but the State Park has made the camping area a lot smaller than it used to be, so this year we chose to camp at Rockhouse since we were expecting to be joined by 30+ rigs. The permitter of the camping area is now ringed by signs that say "foot traffic only, no... more

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Michael & Imkelina
Cambria, CA
25 Dynamax Isata 3 RW
2007 Honda Toad CRV
28 reviews
Days stayed: 5

Michael & Imkelina would stay here again

“State acquisition has change the Rockhouse Canyon Road experience...”

Reviewed Dec 09, 2015

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We arrived at Rockhouse Canyon Road and noted some huge changes to this popular boondocking area in the Anza Borrego Desert (though we were already aware of these changes). The State of California acquired this area from BLM and their regulations now keep all campers from experiencing true dispersed camping. The bulk of the area beyond... more

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Northern Hitchhikers
Strathmore, AB, Canada
30 Hitchhiker Fifth Wheel
2014 Dodge 2500 diesel
3 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 12
Site Number: n/a

Northern Hitchhikers would stay here again

“Great boondocking spot!”

Reviewed May 28, 2015

Overall Rating

We've stayed near Borrego Springs before but this year was our first at Rockhouse. Great views of the surrounding hills, excellent hiking (we have two medium sized dogs so this is important), just a short drive to the restaurants and shops of Borrego Springs, and plenty of room for any sized rig. The Verizon signal is good if you stay ... more

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3bars
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44 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 5

hdrider would stay here again

“Great”

Reviewed May 13, 2015

Overall Rating

A great place to Boon-dock just outside of Borrego Springs. Plenty of open space to camp. Depending on just where you find cell service could be spotty. You can take on water and dump at another State Park across town. We really enjoyed this area and will certainly be back.

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Hookups:
  • dry camping
  • Dispersed Camping
Recreation:
  • recreation trail
Site Amenities:
  • big rig
Pets:
  • pets

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