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.