Culp Valley Overlook Trail located inside Culp Valley Primitive Campground offers incredible views of Borrego Valley and perspective on the magnitude of the state’s largest state park, Anza Borrego. Anza Borrego State Park is 935 square miles, roughly one fifth the size of San Diego County. Anza Borrego State Park is bigger than 44 of our nation’s National Parks, and it is a short two hour drive from Oceanside.
Culp Valley Trail leads to Culp Valley Overlook Trail which eventually creates a 4 mile loop (of which we did not complete). These trails are lined with bouquets of wildflowers and their equally beautiful and delicate pollinators as well as textbook rock formations. Today we stopped at the second overlook, above Hellhole Canyon. The hike was easy and the hills of the upper desert are much cooler than the valley below. We were the only ones on this trail, allowing us to take our time exploring the nature that encompassed us.