Yaqui Well Trail – Anza Borrego Desert State Park, California

Cholla cacti on the Yaqui Well Trail.

The Yaqui Well Trail is a leisurely stroll through cholla, ocotillo and agave on your way to the more dense vegetation around the well itself, which was a vital source of water to the Kumeyaay tribe that once inhabited this portion of what is now California’s Anza Borrego Desert State Park.

The well-marked trail starts across the street from the Tamarisk Grove campground and is an easy walk that reaches the well after about a mile. Brochures at the trail head describe various features of interest along the trail. The well itself is marked only by a sign among the greenery saying it’s closed for restoration.

  • Trailhead marker for Yaqui Well Trail.
  • Agave plant on the Yaqui Well Trail.
  • Cholla cacti on the Yaqui Well Trail.
  • Cactus on the Yaqui Well Trail.
  • Bird nest on the Yaqui Well Trail.

Directions: From Christmas Circle in downtown Borrego Springs, travel south on Highway S3. Turn right on Yaqui Pass Road. Travel a few miles until reaching Tamarisk Grove campground on the left and parking off the road adjacent. Cross the street to reach the trailhead.

Elevation profile:

Yaqui Well Trail elevation profile