Visitor Information

Research Center Facilities Image Gallery (use arrows to navigate, or watch slide show)

Efficiency Rooms

Classroom Space









Student Lounge Area


Convenient Parking

Dining Area


Bar Great Room Area

Restrooms with Showers

Dorm Bunk Beds

Efficiency Room - Double Bed

Efficiency Room - Single Bed


Click the play button below to watch an animated 3D virtual tour of the Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center.



San Diego County, city of Borrego Springs; two-hour drive from UC San Diego. See Map and Directions


Main hall, 2 classrooms, researcher and student accommodations, laboratory, on-site herbarium vascular plant voucher collection, and kitchen. 

Average Precipitation

13 - 18 cm (5 - 7 inches) per year


31.5 hectares (78 acres), in addition to the 2,477 hectares (615,000 acres) of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park


Steele Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center: 182 m (597 feet)
Anza Borrego Desert State Park: 18 - 1,888 m (60 - 6,193 feet)

Temperatures Averages

November - March: 24ºC (75ºF)
April and October: 29ºC (85ºF)
May - September: 41ºC (105ºF)
Summer Maximum: 50ºC (121ºF)


Contact Information

Jim Dice, Reserve Manager University of California, Irvine Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Ctr.
P.O. Box 2098
401 Tilting T. Drive
Borrego Springs, CA 92004-2098 (760) 465-2656