Borrego Palm Canyon

Weather :

Hiking Time : 2 to 3 hours

Distance : 3.25 miles round trip

Drive time : 2-hour drive from San Diego

Best Time to Visit :  October to May

Parking : Available for $ 10 per vehicle 

Restrooms :  Five accessible unisex toilet rooms separate for showers

Camping : Three furnished campsite tents

Nearest transit hub : State route (SR) 22 and 78

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Borrego Palm Canyon, San Diego Overview

Located in California’s largest state park Anza-Borrego near Borrego Springs in San Diego, Borrego Palm Canyon is a trail promising the picturesque hiking experience towards oases, palm groves, and few waterfalls formed by the year-round creek. One of the very famous and well-operated loop trails amidst desert and water-filled canyons covered with large boulders, desert vegetation like huge ocotillo plants, and desert lavenders. Rich in alluvial soil, the tracks are further left to bloom beautiful flowers after ample rainfall.

The travellers can spot bighorn sheep also on a quiet day during their travel. Named after the Spanish word for the bighorn sheep, i.e., Borrego, the canyon trail leads to many beautiful cascades in and around the palm groves and its oases. The palm trees and the red boulders stand as the memoirs of the place’s past encounters with flash floods and rainstorms. This flat and mostly accessible trail through the fanning canyons and downed palm trees contains two trailheads. The main trail is from the west side of the parking lot and the alternate route from the south-end as you go across rustic open-air bathrooms built by the conservation corps in the 1930s.

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