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“Wonderful Sculptures at Borrego Springs”

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The largest state park in California is home to amazing flowers and plants which bloom in the early spring.
Reviewed April 8, 2013

Anzac Borrego State Park is only about a 45 minute drive from the Palm Springs area. The drive through the park has wonder vistas and the wild flowers are in bloom in March. The town of Borrego Springs has over 100 metal sculptures called Sky Art. It is something to see. There are lots of hiking opportunities at the park.

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Reviewed April 8, 2013

This can be a lovely place when there are low winds, but scary when the winds pick up, due to the sand storms. Full hook UPS are great, and they provide showers. Hiking is good in the cool of the morning.It's too hot to hike in June- Sept. however. Very nice for snow birds in the winter as the.temps are in the 70's-80's. Timing is important here!

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Reviewed April 7, 2013

Be sure to take the Palm Canyon trail to the ancient oasis. You can catch the trail at the end of the campgrounds adjacent to park headquarters. Along the three-mile loop, you will walk along the desert floor and succulents, before climbing up and down rocks to vast walls of boulders where the endangered Bighorn Sheep abound.

We never expected to see any of these rare animals (we can't tell you how many times we've missed seeing the animals during our park treks that are depicted and promoted in the films), but this visit was different. About a mile from the trail head, a Bighorn and adorable lamb scampered down a boulder-laden slope about 50 yards in front of us. Within minutes, we reached a stream and were joined by a total of about 8-10 sheep. A few young rams were butting their horns, behavior that we had only expected to see on film.

Not surprisingly, we were soon surrounded by more hikers than sheep, all of whom had their cameras at the ready (putting our iPhone cameras to shame). After sheep-gazing for about 20 minutes, we continued to the end of the trail, which was an old palm oasis in the middle of one of the hottest places on earth in the summer.

Try the alternate route on your return, which requires more up and down scampering over large rocks.

Note that the three-mile hike took us nearly 2 and a half hours of walking time, and, for two city dwellers, was somewhat more strenuous than we expected. Take at least a quart of water per person, a good hat, and leave by 9:00 a.m. before the real heat of the day.

2  Thank LACritic
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Reviewed April 6, 2013

Stayed at friend's beautiful house in small town of Borrego Springs. Quiet and relaxing, lots of birds. Saw the giant metal sculptures in the desert - amazing.

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Reviewed March 31, 2013

I'd never heard of this park until I started doing some research for desert hiking options that weren't too far from San Diego and LA. What a great find! The desert landscape is spectacular and it has a very "far away from it all" feel despite being only a couple of hours from San Diego. There are hiking options for all abilities, and the folks at the really nice Visitors Center can help you select something that's suitable.
We only had a day and a bit and decided on a late afternoon hike to the popular Palm Canyon. It's a lovely, easy hike and the dense palm cluster at the end of the trail is a remarkable sight. You can save the $8 day use parking fee if you park at the Visitors Center. It adds an extra 2 miles to the 3 mile round trip hike.
The next day, a park ranger suggested we hike Plum Canyon. This is a beautiful hike with a nice variety of cacti (some in bloom). Most of the hike is on a pleasant, sandy/rocky single track through a valley that gradually ascends to a ridge with lovely views and welcomed breeze. I don't know how long it is because we stopped to take so many photos, but you should count on 2-3 hours. On the way back to Borrego Springs we stopped and did the short 1 mile Cactus Loop across the street from the Tamarisk Campground. This is a great hike to do if you're short on time as you'll see a good variety of cacti.
We weren't camping but the grounds looked very nice and the weather in early Spring is perfect.
Borrego Springs is a very small, low-key place, but you'll love it if you are a nature/outdoor enthusiast or hiker who doesn't need fancy dining or shopping.

2  Thank binderdundat
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