Last Days in Borrego Springs

Borrego Springs, CA

It’s now time to wrapping up a great two week stay here in Borrego Springs, situated in the heart of the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park east of San Diego.  We’ve been very active during our stay here, either playing golf or exploring the park.  We took the last few days to share some of our favorite spots in the park with friends Dave and Sue.  The first was a visit to the Palm Slot, located about ten miles to the east along Rte. 22.

The slot is located about a mile north of the main highway.  If you don’t have a high clearance vehicle you park next to the highway and hike down a steep, narrow road for a quarter mile then the rest of the way up a dry wash.  With the Jeep we were able to drive right to the mouth of the slot.

We hiked up the wash for about a mile before some huge boulders blocked the way.  At that point we turned around and hiked back down through the slot again.

After returning to the Jeep we then drove about fifteen miles to the southeast along Rte. 78 where we turned on to a dirt path marked by a sign for Butte Pass.  Two miles north on the dirt road and we were at the trail to another slot canyon, this one creatively called “The Slot.”

Looking down at the wash that contains the slot

A few days later the four of us went on one final adventure, a visit to the Wind Caves.  To get there we drove about twenty miles southeast on Rte. 78 to the town of Ocotillo Wells, where we turned south on Split Mountain Road.  After about five miles the paved road ends and we turned on to a winding, dirt road through a wash.

About five miles up the wash we came to the small sign that marks the trail that goes up to the Wind Caves.

After a mile hike up the steep trail, the sandstone mounds of the Wind Caves came into view.

The sandstone formation with wind-eroded pockets insist on being explored, so we spent some time crawling through and hiking over the formation.

As we drove back through the wash the sun on the hills outside the canyon lit up the hills in the distance.

On our last day in The Springs at Borrego Golf and RV Resort we did what any avid hiker and explorer would do.  We played 18 holes of golf!

Now it’s time to head east into Arizona.  It seems that a Saguaro Cactus is calling our names!


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31 Responses to Last Days in Borrego Springs

  1. Jim and Barb says:

    Both the slot canyons and caves in that area look pretty cool. We may be heading to San Diego in March and will definitely have to check those areas out!

  2. Sue says:

    Fun, Fun, Fun in Borrego Springs! Thanks for showing us all these new places!

  3. Box Canyon Blogger Mark says:

    I’ve got to get over there to B. S. area some day soon!
    Box Canyon

  4. Hard to pass up a slot canyon. Safe travels heading to saguaro country!

  5. Mary says:

    What a great slot canyon, and those formations are very cool.

  6. Gay says:

    I can’t wait to get there…its on the list for next year if all goes well with Joe. Joe will be thrilled to have some jeeping and I sure love the slot canyons and rocks.

    Enjoy Arizona and those amazing Saguaro…

    • placestheygo says:

      Gay, Joe will really enjoy it here since most of the driving is through canyons and washes with some really tricky Jeep areas, also.

      It is very exciting to be back with the saguaro:)

  7. geogypsy2u says:

    Have only made it to “The Slot” as I didn’t have a rig that would drive in those washes. The wind caves look very cool. Hope to return to AB sometime this winter to show Bill around.

    • placestheygo says:

      The Wind Caves are great fun. Just past the Wind Caves are the Elephant Knees and the fossil bed wash…a neat hike. Further down on the same road is Sandstone Canyon that is a narrow canyon with lots of side slotted areas to explore. A full day of adventure:)

  8. Can’t wait to explore Borrego area in early Feb!

    Let the Crested hunt begin!!!

    • placestheygo says:

      It will be great fun for you and Hans to be able to hike without driving back to the San Diego area:) You’ll enjoy the State Park.

      I am watching each and every saguaro as we pass looking for a crest:)

  9. Sherry says:

    You guys are a great advertisement for Jeep. Looks like I’d have to do some mighty long hiking to be able to do those cool looking slots and crawl around in those wonderful caves. Don’t some of them count as arches???

    • placestheygo says:

      Sherry, you can get to some of the places we went, but most hikes do require some wash driving here in Anza Borrego and you never know what the sand will be like. I would think several of the Wind Cave openings would qualify as arches:)

  10. Laurel says:

    Wow! That last sunset is spectacular, such a brilliant gold! You guys look like you were having a blast hiking together — so many cool places that we’ve never hiked, even though we’ve been to Anza Borrego several times. Wonder if we could get to the trailheads with our truck? I know you’re excited to get back to your saguaro. 🙂

    • placestheygo says:

      Laurel, you could get to all the places we went with your truck. No problem:)

      I am very excited to be back with the saguaro and looking forward to hiking among them soon. I am going to have neck strain from trying to watch each saguaro as we drive around for fear I might miss a crested one:)

  11. Nancy says:

    Welcome back to the land of the saguaro! Except I am not there… at the moment. I will return next week. Where are you at?

  12. pmbweaver says:

    We truly enjoyed both of those hikes. Paul especially like the slot hike. That was our first hike in the slots we’ve ever done. Isn’t that just a beautiful area of the country?

    Glad y’all had a wonderful time. We look forward to seeing where you laying next. Miss you both.

  13. Jodee Gravel says:

    Love these hikes. Fun to see you all together in the slots. Those caves look like a children’s maze of crawling and climbing adventure :-). Beautiful sunset – wonderful golden skies. We went by the golf course in Naco this morning :-)))))

    • placestheygo says:

      The Wind Caves are very cool. It is only a mile hike up and it isn’t too bad. Just bring poles. The drive back to them is an adventure in itself:) You and BIll need to visit.

      Were you on your way to Mexico when you went by the golf course?

  14. frankeeg says:

    Finally finally finally I am organised again – well, almost. I have time to start reading my favourite blogs, including yours, on a regular basis. I have also set them as favourites on the new desktop computer which has been hogged for use by the CO PILOT/ NAVIGATOR. She is a better co pilot than she is a navigator. I no longer put my foot through the floor when she drives. Love the sandstone slots. They are similar to a place I have visited in Oz a few years back. In Oz the caves and slots are surrounded by shrubs and srubby bush and trees while yours is almost desert. Thinking of a trip down through Calgary in Canada into the north western part of the USA. Any suggestions you might have will be appreciated. Oh, also, where can I hire a Ford Mustang convertible? Cheers

    • placestheygo says:

      Good to hear from you! We did a wonderful loop trip in August/September 2014 up through east Glacier National Park in Montana then continued to Waterton NP (Canadian section of Glacier), Calgary, Edmonton, and then to Jasper NP, Banff NP, and finally back to the east side of Glacier NP again. The Icefields Parkway between Jasper and Banff is not to be missed!! Our trip was mainly based on hiking except for visiting the cities of Calgary and Edmonton. Check out the blog for ideas. We’ve also been to Seattle and Spokane in Washington and stayed in Salem, Oregon to visit all the surrounding areas. We’ve only done the NW coast on motorcycle trips. Sorry no blog back then. All these other locations are in our blog. Hopefully, you will find some helpful info! I would imagine you could rent a Ford Mustang convertible from most car rental places.

  15. We finally have a good connection and trying to catch up with all your adventures.
    Wow that is the first time I see Sue with a hiking stick!
    You have given us lots of things to do for our next winter, from Palm Springs to SD to Anza Borrego.

  16. exemplify says:

    Wow, I love the look of the wind caves. We spent 5 days in Anza-Borrego but obviously have quite a lot more exploring to do

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