Spring has arrived in Anza-Borrego Desert

David and I just got back from a 4-day trip to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, about 2-hour drive from the Palm Springs Area. It was a nice change from our current routines making it feel like a mini-vacation. This spring, the Anza-Borrego Desert is very green and wildflowers are blooming everywhere. The next two weeks will be the best time for maximum flowers…and, inevitably, the crowd.

Anza-Borrego Desert, California

To avoid the crowd, we did what full-time RVers do best…by going during weekdays. We arrived at the park campground on Sunday and left on Thursday. The Anza-Borrego Desert was beautiful and colorful. We took a few short hikes and drove around to see other parts of the park we haven’t seen. I’ll post about the hikes we did in separate posts.

If you haven’t read about our previous visit to Ricardo Breceda’s sculptures in Borrego Springs, you can read it here.

Wildflowers

Wildflowers are what people come to Anza-Borrego Desert in spring to see. We were there about a week earlier than the peak bloom but the weather was nice and not too warm. I’m compiling photos of the wildflowers I took. They’ll be in a separate post as well. In the meantime, enjoy some of the photos below.

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

There are lots to see and do in the state park. Here are some of places we went.

View of Borrego Palm Canyon from Panoramic Overlook

Box Canyon Overlook

Lots of water at Borrego Palm Canyon

Coyote Canyon

Cliff walls of the Slot

Plum Canyon

Colorful lichens in Plum Canyon

Picnicking in the desert after a hike. What a place to have a picnic.

There are still many more things to do and places to see. We ran out of time and will have to come back again.

Borrego Palm Canyon Campground

We stayed in a non-hookup section of the state park campground. The campground facility was excellent even if we had to pay extra to shower. Each campsite had a very generous space. We weren’t right next to our neighbors. And the view was hard to beat. During busy times it’s best to reserve the campsite online (reservation fee applies) before you arrive. We did and still had to move our campsite once during our 4-day stay.

Camping at Borrego Palm Canyon campground

Don’t you just love campgrounds with a view like this?

Wrapping up our mini-vacation with a campfire with friends

Getting up at 4:30 is not something I like to do. This sky was worth it though.

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Have you visited Anza-Borrego Desert State Park? What are your favorite things to do there?

 

19 Comments

  1. Those box canyon features are so neat. Did you go down in there and explore?

    This looks like a fun little getaway… something that’s logistically simple to do (and do weekdays to avoid those crowds… very clever) when you’re on the road with your house on wheels. Way to take advantage of that freedom!

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    1. We didn’t go down. Box Canyon is a historical place. The stagecoach route went through it. It was an old route to Southern California in winter. At Box Canyon, the stagecoach route became very narrow, just wide enough for wagons to get through. I think if we want to hike in the canyon, we have to enter from somewhere before or after this section. I’m not sure if there a trail down to the canyon from the overlook. I didn’t think of that until you mentioned. We were doing a drive through the park when we stopped here.

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  2. Lovely photos! Makes me wish I could be there to experience those blooms, too. The monkey flowers and lupine are so eye-catching. Love all wildflowers, but there’s something unexpected and especially beautiful about desert flowers–maybe because it doesn’t seem like they should be able to thrive in such a harsh environment. Wow, that is a campsite with a view for sure! And you two know how to throw a great campfire–who needs s’mores when you’ve got wine? 😀

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