Are you looking for a neat sleepy town with lots of boondocking opportunities and hiking nearby? Look no further than Borrego Springs, California. The town sits in the middle of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. No matter which direction you head you are in the desert surrounded by its beauty. Also, Borrego Springs is a Dark Sky Community, providing outstanding opportunities for exploring the star filled night sky.
We changed our plans to make it there in time for the “superbloom” of 2017 as a result of the crazy rains this winter and we weren’t disappointed. The last superbloom was in 1995, so it’s been awhile. Although we didn’t boondock because we don’t have the battery power just yet, we enjoyed the area just the same.
I couldn’t believe when I overheard some people say there weren’t impressed with the wildflowers?!?!?! They thought the superbloom was a big disappointment and wondered why anyone would call it that. I ask them to visit the desert during a drought or in the middle of summer. They will see the stark difference the rain makes. Things were not only blooming, but plants were green and full of life! I recognized this amazing difference and basked in its beauty.
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
If you want to boondock, drive down any of the dirt roads off 78 and you will find yourself a spot. We saw lots of rigs parked out there enjoyed the scenery. Anza Borrego Desert State Park is a primitive park as in there are few paved roads and most camping is primitive. After all, this is the desert, so be prepared with plenty of water and provisions. Did you know Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is the largest state park in California? It has five hundred miles of dirt roads, 12 wilderness areas and many miles of hiking trails which provide visitors with an unparalleled opportunity to experience the wonders of the California desert. The park is named for Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza and the Spanish word borrego, or bighorn sheep. The park features washes, wildflowers, palm groves, cacti and sweeping vistas and offers opportunities for wildlife viewing such as roadrunners, golden eagles, kit foxes, mule deer and bighorn sheep as well as iguanas, chuckwallas and the red diamond rattlesnake.
Sculpture Garden – Galleta Meadows
The town also offers a neat trail of sculptures created by Ricardo Breceda. They collectively are called Galleta Meadows and are worth exploring. There are a total of 130 of them and they mostly represent the history and culture of the area. Many of them are ancient animals that once called this desert home like the Mammoth, elephant -ike gomphothere, and Sabertooth cat.
I highly recommend taking time to explore these beautiful sculptures. Some are easy to find and some are a little bit more of a drive or hike to get to. I think you’ll find them as beautiful and inspiring as I did. These were 3 of my favorites from the many to choose from even though I found them all pretty amazing.
Have you been to Borrego Springs or Anza-Borrego Desert State Park? What are your thoughts?