First Week in Borrego Springs

Borrego Springs, CA

After a month in San Diego along Mission Bay we headed east on I-8 on New Year’s Day.  The highway begins at sea level and quickly goes up 0ver 4,000 feet through the Cuyamaca Mountains.

After coming down the east side of the mountains we exited the interstate at the little town of Ocotillo and headed north on San Diego County route S2.

Beautiful colors along the S2

After about 45 miles we came to the intersection with Rte. 78, where we turned to the east.  We have driven this section of highway many times and usually find very little traffic.  So we were very surprised to find a steady stream of campers and RVs passing us as they headed west.

The road is a good way to go from the off road vehicle area of Ocotillo Wells State Vehicle Recreation Area to the east (and Imperial Sand Dunes even further to the east) and the urban areas of the Pacific coast to the west.  Apparently many people visited these areas during the holidays and everyone decided to return to the coast at the same time.

After about seven miles of passing RVs on Rte. 78 we turned left on to County Road S3 and drove over the Yaqui Pass to the quiet of Borrego Springs.

Borrego Springs in the distance

This is not the first time we have come to Borrego Springs after a stay in San Diego.  While we enjoy our stay on the coast, the traffic can be a bit over whelming.  That makes the quiet of the desert even more attractive.  Below is a photo taken one afternoon as we navigated I-5 on a return drive from Oceanside.

Contrast that with the photo below of the main street in Borrego Springs as we arrived in town.  The pace here is just a bit slower than along the coast!

Rush hour on main street

After a month sitting right along the coast, we were concerned about the impact of the salt air on the motorhome.  The RV park where we stay, The Springs at Borrego, does not allow washing of vehicles at your site, but it has a wash area near the park entrance.  So we took advantage of the opportunity and spent time washing the rig before proceeding to our site.

In an effort to speed up the task the nimble hiker even joined in the process, providing valuable assistance in both the washing and drying phases.  The prevailing sentiment is that her participation is a one time effort that will not be repeated in the near future.  She has enough to do maintaining the inside of the motorhome!

After completing the wash job we quickly set up in our assigned site.  Dave and Sue (Beluga’s Excellent Adventure) will arrive in a few days and set up in the site next to us.

Our first couple of days were spent riding our bikes around the area and completing a hike into a canyon west of town.

Heading into town with the bikes

Hiking up into Hellhole Canyon

The view east to Borrego Springs from Hellhole Canyon

Toward the end of the week Lewis finally arrived (Dave and Sue came with him) so we enjoyed some “chase the ball” time in our motorhome.

The throw rug always suffers during ball time!

One of the highlights of our stay in this park is the chance to golf on their beautiful nine hole course.  John and Dave plan on taking advantage of the course many times during the next three weeks.

There are many interesting places to visit and things to do here (beyond the golf) so we’re sure to be busy every day.  More on that later . . .

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40 Responses to First Week in Borrego Springs

  1. Susan Bank says:

    This is such a beautiful and peaceful place to spend time. The clouds and light on the mountains is a never ending joy to watch. The golf course is in great shape and we have hours of fun to look forward to. I won’t tell Lewis that you misspelled his name, he’s sensitive about it and I wouldn’t want him to become depressed…..

  2. Jeff says:

    Thankfully we are finally getting some rain, I hope it does not interfere with your time in the desert, or Sunday’s Star Party at the Springs. Looking forward to your next desert update.

  3. Mary Hone says:

    We’ve been thinking about the Anza Borrego this year, and finding a spot to boondock. I’ve read there are miles of BLM ground there.

  4. Gay says:

    Twice we have had to cancel our reservation there…one of these days hopefully! Nice the park provides a MH wash station! Enjoy your Lew time and Dave and Sue too!

  5. Jim and Barb says:

    Looks like a beautiful place and how cool that they provide a place to wash your rig!

  6. Borrego Springs looks peaceful after SD. We ended up with some rust after 2 months in Oceanside on the beach. We took the train to SD for a few visits when we felt the need.

  7. geogypsy2u says:

    Give me the desert over a city any day. I like Borrego Springs. Yet on holidays have seen traffic like that even there.

  8. It’s always nice to go somewhere quiet after spending time city camping. We enjoyed biking around Borrego Springs with so little traffic and the fact that it’s fairly flat. Enjoy the rest of your time there!

  9. pmbweaver says:

    WOW…that is quiet a line of RVs.
    Oh how true about the traffic. We compare Borrego Springs to Houston….no comparison at all!
    How nice for them to provide a vehicle wash area. One of the few we have ever seen.
    Enjoy that sunshine and gorgeous warm weather. I just love the photos from Hellhole Canyon!

    • placestheygo says:

      We are enjoying the warm weather, but had rain off and on since last night. We haven’t seen rain in a very long time and find it comical that we had to come to the desert to see some substantial rain.

  10. Looks like a fabulous area–enjoy!

  11. georgeyates says:

    Enjoy your time in Borregp one of our favourite places to go.

  12. Laurel says:

    Oh, we love Borrego Springs and Anza Borrego! I know you’re enjoying the hiking and peace after your city adventures. Your site looks beautiful, and you even have excellent neighbors. :-)) I can only imagine how much fun you four (five) are having!

  13. Love the traffic comparison! I can feel your sigh of relief from here!

  14. Sherry says:

    What a beautiful drive on the way to Borrego Springs which also has really stunning surroundings. Love the idea of being able to wash your coach even at a separate area. That’s the one downside of being by the ocean. But how wonderful to have such great neighbors to have fun with in such a beautiful place. Enjoy!!

  15. Chris says:

    We went to Borrego Springs last year during “Super Bloom” and stayed at the Springs. It looks like when we go this year we won’t see as much desert color 😔 but it won’t be bumper to bumper traffic either. Have a great time.

  16. Jodee Gravel says:

    I think that’s the only route I haven’t taken to Borrego! There are definitely a lot of RVs on the road after the holidays – so glad they seem to have “gone home” now. You’re so industrious getting the rig all spiffy. It always look so nice :-))) I’m liking your month-long stops this winter and thinking we need to do some more of those.

    • placestheygo says:

      Thanks, Jodee! John does work very hard keeping our home all shiny (It’s his thing!). After traveling for awhile with lots of shorter stays, you realize that you need time to just live and those longer stays allow for some of those days. It is amazing how fast a month goes!

  17. Sorry to miss you guys!! Darn it!! We just left BS this morning and we are now settled in at Quartzsite! We have to catch up someday!! Enjoy the rest of your stay as we miss BS already!!

  18. Steve & Dianne Colibaba says:

    We’ve been to Borrego Springs several times and loved it. Those metal statues are so cool! Enjoy the peace and quite. Hopefully we get to meet you guys down the road some day!

  19. LuAnn says:

    The quiet of the desert is always refreshing. So, we need to coordinate a visit to you two. Other than the 15th, 20th, and 22nd, we are fairly open this month. Why don’t you look at your schedule and then we can visit about it?

  20. What a beautiful view. Adding it to my bucket list.

  21. I would not mind revisiting Anza Borrego SP and Borrego Springs, so many memories before and during Betsy travel. The desert is refreshing after the frenetic life near the ocean and SD! But for sure you wont sit still for there are lots of hiking trails to trek.

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