Wow,, we have really enjoyed our stay in Borrego Springs and our time spent exploring the Anza Borrego Desert State Park. The park is 600,000 acres and is the largest State Park in California and is second largest only to New York’s Adirondack Park as far as the Continental USA goes.
Obviously only being in the area 12 days we were only able to take in a very small portion of it but we both feel this will be a spot we return to a couple more times in the future. In fact we are already talking about next winter.
The town of Borrego itself has everything you need yet is small enough that you won’t find even ONE stoplight. There is however a round-about in the center of town. But there is a small grocery market/store, a hardware store, two gas stations (no place to get a big rig into for diesel very easy), a bank, a few small stores to quench a shopping urge if one pops up and actually a pretty darn selection of restaurants.
We normally go out to eat once a week but in the 12 days we spent in Borrego we went out 5 times!! We had a very nice Mexican Diner with our friends Dianne and Tom at Carmelita’s, Diane and I had lunch at Carlee’s Place (a bar/restaurant feel. Sort of a neighborhood dive feel but I enjoyed my burger) and we had dinner twice at Pablito’s (twice with our friends Dave & Maxine and JJ & Rayn came along once as well) and we had lunch at El Borrego one afternoon. Have I ever mentioned that Mexican food is WAY down my list of favorites but at the top of Diane’s?? You see who calls the shots around here LOL!!
As we talked about in an earlier update our first week in the area we stayed at a RV park in town called The Springs RV & Golf Resort at Borrego, probably the nicest park in town that we saw. But the price tag came along with it at $65 per night, more than we normally spent on a place to stay but decided to treat ourselves for New Years. It was nice enough but not $65 nice in our book.
While staying at the RV Park our good friends Kathy and Larry from Grants Pass Oregon were traveling though and stopped in for dinner and a great evening of catching up.
When Kathy and Larry go out they travel more miles in a few short weeks that we travel in a year LOL!! But they see stuff and have been all over. They enjoy life, just in a different way than we do by full-timing in an RV. There is no wrong way to enjoy life!
After our stay at the RV Park we headed outside of town about 8 miles and boon-docked close the where our friends Dave & Maxine and JJ and Rayn were camped. From now on when we come to this area we will simply head straight to the boon-docking area and bypass the campground stuff. We actually like I better and it certainly is a bunch cheaper LOL!!
Just a note, if you come here to boon-dock you can dump your tanks and take on water at the state park campground about 8miles away for an $8 fee. And there is no time limit for how long you can camp here like in many places that have a 14 day limit.
We actually like boon-docking here more than Quartzsite because of Borrego itself having more to offer than Quartzsite plus the hiking and jeep trails are much more plentiful. And the mountains are much closer and create an astatically pleasing atmosphere. Just our take on the matter LOL!!
If you like to hike and off-road this is certainly a place to mark on the map. We hiked a few very nice trails and Jeep in some interesting areas but hardly scratched the surface of what’s available.
It’s going to get picture intensive from here on so beware LOL!!
One of the hikes we did was up Ghost Mountain in Blair Valley off Highway S-2. The hike was a 2 mile round trip hike and climbs 1200ft on the way up.
The trail is good and leads you to where the Marshal South family lived in a small cabin for 16 years. The cabin is in a shambled state now but interesting none the less.
Here is a link to more information about the family if you are interested. http://www.desertusa.com/desert-people/marshal-south.html
In the same area as the Ghost Mountain hike and on the same day we hiked the Pictograph Trail. It’s an easy trail that is 2 miles round trip.
On another day we hiked the Slot Canyon. Dave programmed weigh-points in his GPS that took us in the long way and allowed us to take a more interesting Jeep route instead of the easy road to a parking lot.
That’s why we travel with a Jeep!! LOL!!
The slot canyon is a 1.5 mile round trip hike but like most slot canyon’s pretty cool!!
And our favorite hike had to be the 3 mile round trip Palm Canyon hike. The hike starts at the Borrego Palm Canyon campground and climbs until you reach a native palm grove.
We would like to do this hike again and take off a little earlier so we could spend more time on the trail. We took a Jeep run to a slot canyon that got us home just a little later than we planned which put us on the trail a couple hours late.
Even though we thought the late start just might give us a better chance at seeing some wildlife moving around, it didn’t.
The Jeep run I mentioned to the slot canyon was fun. We drove a dozen miles in Fish Creek Wash until we reached Sandstone Canyon and the slots.
Once we reached the end of the trail we all got out and just enjoyed the absolute quiet, knowing that not just everyone can get to spots like that made it even better in some way.
And Diane and I drove 4.5 miles out Fonts Wash until we reached Fonts Point which treated us with fantastic view of the Borrego Badlands and the entire Borrego Valley.
While in Borrego a cold front went through which dropped some snow in the mountains around the area so we just had to take a drive to get into the snow so Diane could make a Snow Duck because of the Oregon Duck game that was going to be on latter that day LOL!!
After Dave & Maxine and JJ & Rayn left Diane and I took a day and just chilled. We did go down the road to a roadside honor system fruit stand and picked up a 5LB bag of oranges and a 10LB bag of grapefruit for only $3 each. You just can’t beat that.
We will say it again,, we had a great time in Borrego and with any luck we just might return next year and stay longer.
But Wednesday 1/7 came around and it as time to move on. We drove a whopping 65 miles to Indio Ca. where we will be for a week. We will be going to the FMCA Rally, having our Aqua-Hot system looked at again, doing a day trip to Joshua Tree, maybe driving to Ontario to a RC Airplane show and stocking up on groceries in preparation for 3 weeks or more in Quartzsite where shopping is very slim.