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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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?