Springs at Borrego RV Resort Expands

Snowbirds from the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada love to spend their winters in the Southwest Desert regions of southern California and Arizona.

A well-manicured green at The Springs at Borrego RV Resort and Golf Course. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

During recent years more and more snowbirds have discovered the Springs at Borrego RV Resort and Golf Course in Borrego Springs, California.

Spaces at the 90-site Springs at Borrego RV Resort are in such high demand that the resort often fills up and starts a waiting list long before the winter season begins.

General Manager Daniel Wright said that while financing remains tight, he recently found a lender willing to finance construction of the additional RV sites at the 90-site resort, according to a news release.

“Construction is underway now, and we expect to have the new sites available by January 1,” Wright said, adding that the new sites will have 70-foot-long cement slabs, which are long enough for a 40- to 45-foot RV and an extra vehicle of any size.

Wright said the additional spaces will increase the odds for the hundreds of American and Canadian snowbirds that patiently wait for a site to open up at the resort each winter.

“In the past three years, we’ve had to turn away more than 12,000 nights’ worth of business due to a shortage of campsites,” Wright said. “Hopefully, this expansion will be able to accommodate some of the additional demand.”

Meanwhile, the resort continues to build a loyal following with its increasing variety of activities, entertainment, and amenities.

Enjoy a nature trail at the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Visitor Center © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The park is also just minutes from Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, which offers numerous hiking trails as well as guided nature walks and other outdoor activities.

The resort offers classes in water aerobics, Qi Gong, Tai Chi, and Yoga in addition to tennis clinics and line dancing. The resort also offers frequent wine tasting social hours as well as monthly “star parties” with world-renowned astronomer and sky photographer Dennis Mammana. The parties include a buffet-style dinner, after which Mammana provides a short lecture and slide show on a particular topic. He then invites the participants to look into the galaxies through telescopes that are set up within walking distance of the park for the convenience of resort guests.

The Springs at Borrego has also opened an onsite wellness center led by Anna Morris, a holistic health practitioner and expert in Ayurvedic massage who trained with Deepak Chopra and Dr. Vasant Lad, two of the nation’s premier experts in holistic health medicine.

Morris is joined by Amy Baay, a licensed massage practitioner, and Betty Patterson, a licensed acupuncturist who also does herbal medicine and teaches classes in Qi Gong, an energy building exercise with slow body movements.

Other improvements are also underway, including a new dog park and a traffic security gate. The park’s showers are also being remodeled, and the resort just completed construction of two new shower rooms.

“We will also be opening a new combination exhibition tennis court and outdoor entertainment venue. It’s a sunken bowl with a tennis court in the center and gently sloping sides with grass so we can hold an entertainment function, such as a live music performance for several hundred people,” Wright said, adding, “We are also ramping up our entertainment schedule and hope to have live music almost every week during the high season of January through mid-April.”

Debbie Sipe, executive director of the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (CalARVC), said The Springs at Borrego exemplifies some of the more innovative activities and amenities available in California’s RV resorts.

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Springs at Borrego RV Resort and Golf Course

The Springs at Borrego RV Resort (Credit: springsatborrego.com)

Awards: Best Small Park of the Year (ARVC)

Campground Directory Ratings:

Trailer Life Directory 2011 rating: 9.5, 10*, and 10

Woodall’s 2011 rating: 5W in facilities and recreation

Rates: Vary widely according to the time of year and length of stay

Amenities: Full hook-ups sites with 50-amp electric service, cable TV, Wi-Fi

Address: 2255 Di Giorgio Road, PO Box 70, Borrego Springs, CA 92004

Phone: (866) 330-0003 or (760) 767-0004

Website: springsatborrego.com

Worth Pondering…

One of the things I had a hard time getting used to when I came to California in ’78 was Santa Claus in shorts.

—Dennis Franz

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