The tiny resort community of Borrego Springs is not a place you just happen on, en route to someplace else. It’s off by itself, surrounded into perpetuity by Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Borrego Springs is an ultra-mini Palm Desert, with views of the nearby Santa Rosa Mountains just as beautiful, the weather just as pleasing, but without the crowds.
This “oasis in the desert” does not have a traffic light. The town center is a large traffic center, Christmas Circle, which asks nothing more of drivers than to yield. Christmas Circle leads to a mall, theater, shops, small hotels, and cafes.
There is as much or as little to do in Borrego Springs as one wishes. Surrounded by the 600,000-acre Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, this tiny eastern San Diego County town is nestled in a beautiful valley surrounded by beautiful craggy mountains.
Dramatic sunsets that dissolve into a huge vista of stars on a seemingly endless black velvet sky, punctuated by a chorus of coyotes…this is Borrego Springs.
During spring, this area can become a carpet of blossoms. Besides the display of wildflowers and flowering cacti and ocotillo, the nearby Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is one of the few places you can spot the elusive Peninsular Big Horn Sheep.
Borrego Springs is a citrus growing region. North of town, the desert has been replaced with citrus trees. Hundreds of acres of grapefruit, mandarin oranges, and tangerine trees grow commercial citrus fruit shipped around the nation.
These groves are the source of the famous Borrego red grapefruit, a super-sweet variety that uses the abundant sunshine to make extra sugar in the fruit. Fruit stands, both in Borrego Springs and at roadside locations among the groves, provide visitors with plenty of opportunities to sample and buy the freshest of in-season citrus. It is the only produce or crop cultivated here, except for grass on the golf links.
The park includes such desert features as washes, mesas, palm oases, great stands of cholla, elephant trees, slot canyons, and badland formations. The area is a mecca for hiking and biking.
Palm Canyon Campground near the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park visitor center contains 65 non-hookups and 52 hookup sites. It includes campsites for virtually every type of camper.
To book reservations, click here.
Elevation: 590 feet/ 180m
Location: Situated in the extreme western Sonoran Desert and completely surrounded by the 650,000-acre Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Highest recorded temperature: 121 degrees F in June, 1996
County: San Diego
There are a few more stories to tell about some of the other interesting places in this area. Watch this space!
Thank God! there is always a Land of Beyond
For us who are true to the trail;
A vision to seek, a beckoning peak,
A farness that never will fail;
A pride in our soul that mocks at a goal,
A manhood that irks at a bond,
And try how we will, unattainable still,
Behold it, our Land of Beyond!
— Robert Service, The Land of Beyond (last verse)