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Culp Valley Primitive Campground

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Western Sonoran + Colorado Desert, California

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Culp Valley Primitive Campground

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  • A typical campsite at Culp Valley.- Culp Valley Primitive Campground
  • Campfires are only permitted in metal containers.- Culp Valley Primitive Campground
  • The main road at Culp Valley Primitive Campground.- Culp Valley Primitive Campground
  • A cholla cactus at sunset in Culp Valley.- Culp Valley Primitive Campground
  • Restrooms at Culp Valley Primitive Campground.- Culp Valley Primitive Campground
  • Culp Valley Primitive Campground.- Culp Valley Primitive Campground
  • Culp Valley at sunset.- Culp Valley Primitive Campground
  • The sun setting over Culp Valley Primitive Campground.- Culp Valley Primitive Campground
  • Culp Valley Primitive Campground is a great location for stargazing.- Culp Valley Primitive Campground
  • Culp Valley Primitive Campground is great for stargazing.- Culp Valley Primitive Campground
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Large campsites. Great Stargazing Location. Free.
Cons: 
Often Windy. Extreme Summer Temperatures.
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Region:
Western Sonoran + Colorado Desert, CA
Access: 
Vehicle
Managed by: 
California Department of Parks and Recreation
Price per night (basic site): 
0.00 $ (0.00 €)
Congestion: 
Occasionally full
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Maximum trailer length: 
35.00 ft (10.67 m)
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
None
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Fall
Reservations possible: 
No
Total number of sites: 
25
Current Local Weather:
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Campground Description

Campground Description

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Culp Valley Primitive Campground is one of the eight undeveloped campgrounds in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. The only amenities to be had are vault toilets and metal containers for campfires (ground fires are strictly prohibited). Campsites are not marked or numbered, thus visitors may set up camp nearly anywhere. Although vehicles must remain on the dirt road or in existing campsites, visitors are welcome to park and set up camp elsewhere as long as it doesn’t disturb vegetation. Moreover, there is no trash collection in Culp Valley so everything packed in must be packed out.

That said, Culp Valley is one of the best stargazing locations in all of southern California. Anza-Borrego Desert State Park has been certified as an International Dark Sky Park. Between the dry air, its secluded location, and the mountain peaks blocking out light pollution, Culp Valley is idyllic for stargazing and astrophotography.

Culp Valley Primitive Campground also features many hiking and bouldering opportunities. Culp Valley Trail and Peña Springs Trail are both short hikes that begin at the campground. Hikers may opt for the slightly longer Culp Valley Loop that connects Peña Springs, Culp Valley Trail, and a scenic overlook.

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