Enjoying Borrego Springs

Borrego Springs, CA

Earlier this week we made the short (85 miles) trip from Desert Hot Springs to the little town of Borrego Springs, located in the center of the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.  There were no sites available in the state park campground so we  were “forced” to take a site in The Springs At Borrego RV and Golf Resort.   This is a beautiful park that has nice level, concrete pull-through sites with attractive landscaping between well-spaced sites.

Site 303 with Dave and Sue parked next to us

When we called for our reservation they only had sites available for the first half of our stay.  We put our name on a waiting list when we arrived and two days later they called to say they had a few cancellations and had a site for each of us.  The only negative was that we would have to move to another site on Wednesday, but we didn’t mind as long as we could stay in the park.

The view to the west

The day after our arrival we headed out to hike up the Palm Canyon Trail.  We parked at the state park visitor center and hiked the paved trail a bit over a half mile to the Palm Canyon Campground, then another half mile west to the trailhead.

The paved trail between the visitor center and the Palm Canyon Campground

This hike is probably the most popular one in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park as it is easy to access, provides a bit of a challenge, and is only about a mile and a half to a nice little oasis of California Palm Trees.  If you want a bit more of a challenge you can keep going up the canyon past the oasis on a less used trail that becomes much more difficult.  We’ve done this on previous hikes here.

Scanning for Big Horn Sheep

We’ve hiked this trail before and have seen a number of Big Horn Sheep up on the steep sides of the canyon.  But on this trip we had no luck!

The Palm Oasis in the background

The view back down the canyon from the oasis

Looking west to the Anza-Borrego Desert

The Springs at Borrego RV Park is surrounded by a beautiful nine hole golf course.  Dave and John have taken advantage of this and have played a number of rounds during our stay.  For most of those rounds Pam (caddying) and Sue (in a golf cart) joined them.

Looking at the motorhomes (ours is the dark one, Dave and Sue have the white one) from the first fairway

The views along the course are fantastic

The desert just east of Borrego Springs is one of the most popular dry camping (no hook-ups) areas in the country.  Each winter numerous RVs are parked in an area near Clark Dry Lake for various lengths of time.  We have parked there for a couple of days during each of our previous visits to the area.  But rumors have circulated that the state park has purchased the area and banned camping, but no one clearly described the situation.  So soon after our arrival we drove out to check out the new regulations.   Camping is now limited to spots along Rockhouse Road and Rte. 22.  The photo below shows a motorhome parked as far as allowable off of Rte. 22 about a mile east of Rockhouse Road.  In past years you could park as far into the desert as you wanted.

The photo below is taken from Rte. 22 near the photo above.  It used to be an access road used by many RVs to get out into the desert north toward Clark Dry Lake.  You can see a sign placed in the middle of that access that says motor vehicles are not permitted beyond that point.  The Pegleg area is still open for camping but, as you can imagine, it was very overcrowded last time we drove by it.

One of our favorite things to do here is to drive out to Font’s Point to watch the sunset.  Font’s Point is a high, rocky point east of Borrego Springs with fantastic views of the Borrego Badlands to the south and Borrego Springs to the west.  You need a four-wheel drive vehicle to get there as it is a four mile drive off the main highway on a narrow road of soft sand.  One evening Dave and Sue joined us when we drove out late in the afternoon to watch the sun set.

Lenticular clouds on the drive to Font’s Point

Font’s Point looking east

The Borrego Badlands to the south

It looks like San Diego is on fire to the west

Sue captures the sunset

A strong wind creates a sand cloud in Borrego Springs

We will be here in Borrego Springs until at least the beginning of next week.  With great weather, a nice golf course, and some great hiking why would we leave?

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35 Responses to Enjoying Borrego Springs

  1. rommel says:

    I love BS! 😀 Very nice captures of the landscapes. HTG, Pam and John.

  2. Jim and Barb says:

    I really looks like you are roughing it at that resort, how do you do it! Bummer to hear about that boondocking area, we were hoping to get over to Borrego Springs sometime this winter for a week or two. Are there other areas that you can boondock?

    • placestheygo says:

      Jim and Barb, we didn’t see any other areas near the state park. You can still boondock but you will just be a little closer to your neighbor. The spreading out factor is missing now. The area across the road from Clark Dry Lake is still private land and had lots of boondockers. The problem there is that they are all OHV owners and the dust is pretty bad since this is also an OHV area.

  3. pmbweaver says:

    We loved Borrego Springs. What a gorgeous area.
    I remember doing the Palm Canyon Trail. Good short workout.
    Borrego Badlands are gorgeous. Awesome photo of the sunset. And yes, it does look like SD is on fire…lol. Enjoy your stay.

  4. Beautiful! Looks like a terrific RV park as a backup to the state park…but those prices!!!!!

    Happy Thanksgiving to you both!

  5. Jodee Gravel says:

    We’re actually reconsidering getting solar with the changes in the camping in AB, although I know there are many other places to boondock (for now). The views from that course are incredible. Can’t believe the sheep whisperer found no sheep! Still, a lovely hike to the palms. The badlands and the sunset look like they’re on another planet – great pics :-)))))

  6. Mary says:

    That looks way nice. And what a beautiful sunset.

  7. Sherry says:

    Anza Borrego is another place I have so wanted to do in the winter instead of Florida. Sorry to hear the park is cracking down on boondocking. Not being golfers the cost of your great looking park wouldn’t be in our budget. Love the hike and the badlands pictures. I’m taking notes on your winter plans and dreaming that we can one day go somewhere else than Florida.

    • placestheygo says:

      There are lots of fun hikes in the area, Sherry. Golf isn’t included in the your stay at the resort. We do get a small discount in our golf fee for staying here, but most people don’t seem to be golfers.

  8. Gay says:

    Just added Borrego Springs to the list…we actually talked to a couple at the doggie park who are headed that way. Love the view of the Badlands.

  9. libertatemamo says:

    It all looks perfect…the site, the views, the golf! Wish we were there with you.

  10. Too bad about the boondocking area being restricted. That is such a popular place, it will surely affect a lot pf people’s plans this winter.
    Cool shot of the “sand cloud”. We’ve been caught in dust storms every time we’ve stayed at AB! Looks like you are protected at the lovely RV resort.

    • placestheygo says:

      I am sure a lot of people will be quite shocked when they arrive and find little boondocking available. We were thinking about how it will hurt the local businesses, as well. They must count on the winter crowd to boost their profits.

      We have some protection in the park, but we had some “nice” dust clouds the other day fogging the place.

  11. RJRVtravels says:

    One of our favorite places – love the farmers market. Bummed about the Boondocking news.

    • placestheygo says:

      It is one of our favorites, as well. We visited the Farmers Market last week. A little small but maybe it was because it was the day before Thanksgiving. Yes, it is too bad about the boondocking area.

  12. Laurel says:

    What a gorgeous RV park! We’ve thought about staying there, but have always been able to get reservations at the State Park. Looks like the resort is worth the extra $$. Love the Palm Canyon trail — we hike it multiple times every time we’re in the area. Last January the numbers of sheep were astonishing, and they came within a few feet of us. With your affinity for the sheep, I’m sure they’ll come find you. 🙂

    • placestheygo says:

      The Springs is definitely worth the extra money. We are really enjoying the golf course. I told John it will be hard to get me back in the SP:)

      I didn’t think we would see any sheep since it was much earlier in the day and very warm. But a ranger said some had been spotted at the palm oasis. They weren’t there when we got to the that spot. Darn!

  13. exemplify says:

    We were in Anza-Borrego a couple of weeks ago and we boondocked out on Rockhouse for 5 days. If you have time, go down to the Slot Canyons or there is some ruins of a house where a family lived off the land for 15 years. They are marked on the map as The Slot or the State Park visitor centre can show you where it is.

    • placestheygo says:

      Thanks for the suggestions. We’ve done both the Palm Slot and The Slot at West Butte. Both were a fun hike. We are heading to Marshall South’s place one day to take our friends. We’ve taken several people there after we take them to see the movie at the VC. It is always fun to visit it again.

  14. Nancy says:

    Those clouds (lenticular) were fabulous. I don’t think I have ever seen those kind before.
    A very pretty RV place… and your rv is spectacular!

  15. Jeff says:

    Great picture of Font’s Point, it was one of my dad’s favorite spots too. I left his ashes there a few years ago since he so enjoyed the sunset you captured. We’d take Short Wash from there to gain access to other areas of the park. – after the Ghost Mountain (Yaquitepec) hike exit via Little Blair and another short hike to the glyphs. Love your posts!

    • placestheygo says:

      Thanks, Jeff! What a beautiful place for your dad’s ashes:) We are heading to Ghost Mountain and the Petroglyph trail this week. Our friends haven’t been there but we did take them to the VC to see the Marshall South movie so they are ready.

  16. Tom says:

    Love your cloud pic and all the rest also, we were in the area a month or so ago, very hot hike for us. Thanks.

    • placestheygo says:

      Thanks, Tom! We had to drag our feet til this area cooled off. It was in the high 70’s the other day for our hike so it was rather warm. I can only imagine how hot it was for you a month ago

  17. debbiemc14 says:

    Love the shot of the Badlands. I have wanted to stop by this area for years as we go back and forth to AZ, but something always pops up and we have to divert. This trip last month was no exception and once again I’ll have to wait to see it. When we head back to AZ in January we’ll give it another shot!

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