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Borrego Springs - California

 

This low desert town is what people say Palm Springs was like 60 to 70 years ago, before the transformation to chic took place. The business section of the town is built around and near a traffic circle, which features a park with palm trees, plus a picnic area. It's close to state park headquarters and the park visitor center.

The town is a 2-hour drive from San Diego, and 3.5 hours from LA. The major access highway is State Route 78, which leads east from Carlsbad and Escondido, north of San Diego. The route leads through several small communities, including Ramona and Julian. Take County Road S-22 to drive north to Borrego Springs.

What makes Borrego Springs famous, is its location in the middle of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park -- the largest state park in the lower 48 states. Borrego Springs is a relaxed resort and retirement town, with several good hotels, including the deluxe Borrego Ranch Resort & Spa, and the slightly less expensive Palm Canyon Resort. Summers are very hot, with a daytime average of 106 degrees during August -- 75 degrees at night. Winter and spring temperatures are delightfully comfortable, day and night.

What to See & Do

What makes Borrego Springs famous, is its location in the middle of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park -- the largest state park in the lower 48 states. Borrego Springs is a relaxed resort and retirement town, with several good hotels, including the deluxe Borrego Ranch Resort & Spa, and the slightly less expensive Palm Canyon Resort. Summers are very hot, with a daytime average of 106 degrees during August -- 75 degrees at night. Winter and spring temperatures are delightfully comfortable, day and night.

The desert state park is the major attraction for visitors to Borrego Springs, and you can get details of park features and programs by going to the Anza Borrego Desert State Park page.

Other activity is available for the visitor including enjoying the resort facilities including Borrego Ranch Resort & Spawhich offer pools and tennis courts, and good dining.

While in the Anza-Borrego area, you should explore the old mining town of Julian, located at the junction of Highways 78 and 79. The last remaining hotel -- of 15 which operated during the gold rush days -- is the Julian Hotel, still in operation as a quaint Victorian B&B inn.

For local information, visit the Borrego Springs Chamber of Commerce, at 786 Palm Canyon Drive (P.O. Box 450, Borrego Springs, CA 92004). 

You can rent a home in town for anywhere from $200 to $300 per day. Several sets of luxury condominiums are available to travelers. These include Ram's Hill which has a championship 18-hole golf course, a good restaurant, and lounge. Contact Ram's Hill at 800-524-2800 (in California) or 800-732-9200 (outside California).

Anza-Borrego Camping

Palm Canyon Resort has both superior hotel accommodations and a large RV park, complete with swimming pool, plus bar & grill.

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park operates several campgrounds, including one with hookups for RVs and trailers in Palm Canyon. The length limit for RVs in the campground with hookups is 31 feet, and a 30-day limit is imposed.

For more information on camping in the park -- both organized, primitive, and out on the desert -- go to the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Page.

 

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