Most people have heard of Palm Springs but know little about Borrego Springs— another desert town in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park of Southern California.
Offering a completely different vibe than Palm Springs, which is an hour and a half away from Borrego Springs, its surroundings are known for its natural beauty, hiking, and stargazing, especially on warm summer nights.
Here are eight things to do in Borrego Springs:
- Visit Anza-Borrego Desert State Park: With over 600,000 acres, it is the largest state park in California. There are many places for hiking, camping, wildlife viewing, and stargazing.
- Explore the Borrego Springs Art Institute, featuring works by local and regional artists.
- Take a scenic drive on the Borrego-Salton Seaway to see the unique geological formations and endless open spaces that amaze visitors.
- Visit the Borrego Palm Canyon Trail to see the native California Fan Palms and, during spring, wildflowers galore.
- There’s nothing like experiencing the vastness of the area by air. Take a hot air balloon ride to view the desert landscape below.
- Off-road it with a guided jeep tour to see the desert wildlife, including bighorn sheep, roadrunners, and kit foxes.
- Visit the Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association and grab some information about flora and fauna of the area.
- Take a natural jacuzzi in one of the many natural hot springs nearby while taking in nature’s views.
TIP: Borrego Springs offers some lodging ops to suit different budgets.
The best hotels I suggest considering are La Casa del Zorro, The Palms at Indian Head, and Borrego Valley Inn. There are also vacation rentals— check websites such as VRBO and Airbnb for options. Camping at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park offers several campgrounds for tent camping and RV camping, such as Borrego Palm Canyon and Tamarisk Grove and RV parks are available, too. Check out De Anza RV Resort and Roadrunner Club RV Resort.