Borrego Springs, CA
After our brief stay out in the desert, we are now parked in Palm Canyon Campground, which is part of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. The park has full hook-ups and pull-through sites about sixty feet long. If you go on-line to make a reservation it will tell you the maximum length RV is 35 feet, so if your unit is longer than that just put in 35 feet and you are good to go. Do try to stay away from sites 11-19 because they are quite sloped.
One of our first adventures here was a visit to Sandstone Canyon. From Borrego Springs it is a drive of about twenty miles to the little community of Ocotillo Wells. There you turn right on to Split Mountain Road and drive about five miles until the pavement ends. You then turn right into Fish Creek Wash .
As you drive up the wash (easily driven with any vehicle with a little clearance) you pass trailheads for the Wind Caves and the Oyster Shell Wash, both very interesting hikes. But we continued up the wash for almost fifteen miles to Sandstone Canyon.
We thought we had come to the end of the line for vehicles as there was a circle where people had turned around and there appeared to be no way for a vehicle to continue.
But a closer look revealed a place where some crazies had driven over the rocks and back down into the wash where they continued further into the canyon. In the photo below you can see the many black marks on the rocks where tires were spun as the desert vehicles climbed over. Sure would like to have seen that!
We hiked up the main wash a bit then turned west into a smaller canyon. About a mile into that canyon, we turned into a smaller one to see if we could gain some elevation and find a lunch with a view.
There has been a bit of rain in the desert so some of the vegetation was looking quite healthy.
This turned out to be a great adventure. We enjoyed fifteen miles of winding, fairly smooth Jeep road through the rocks followed by a scenic hike through the rocks to a great view point. Add in sunny skies with temperatures in the mid seventies and absolute solitude and you have a perfect day!