Coyote Canyon is the best, but it’s a dirt road and one-lane in many sections. Traffic there was an absolute mess this weekend, with groups of as many as 15 cars at a time trying to snake their way up the road past oncoming traffic threads and cars parked along the shoulders or even worse, in the road. See it if you must, but please be a thoughtful and patient visitor. Don’t park on the road, don’t speed and raise dust, don’t yell or honk at others and do be polite. Henderson Canyon Road is good from the S22-Peg Leg junction west. Peg Leg has decent patches, but DiGiorgio is nothing like it once was.
As for the visitors center, when the parking lot there fills up, they direct traffic to the Borrego Palm Canyon trail and campground area, which has a $9 charge and is a half mile walk away [in the heat]. Fine if you want to hike that trail, not so fine otherwise. There are good flowers in the hills and washes behind the visitors center, with some cacti blooming, too, but not as thick as Coyote Canyon Road or Henderson.
Anza-Borrego picnic tip: there’s not a lot of shade outside of town, but if you park along the south side of Henderson Canyon Road between DiGiorgio and Borrego Valley Road, there’s shade from the trees.
Road to visitor center closed due to number of visitors on 3/13/17. They provide maps in town for viewing areas.
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park reports: If you can’t get near the Visitor Center because you didn’t leave home before dark, you can print out a park map and directions to flower areas here: http://www.parks.ca.gov/…/Flower%20Map%20Entire%20Park%20Ma…
Have a great visit to Anza-Borrego Desert State Pa