Wow, we finally made it here. Every year we try to get to the Wind Caves and we just never seem to have enough time. How is that?
Anyway, we made it there. It was a bit of an overcast day with rain exepcted later that night so we thought we would get a head start and get up and going so we could make it home before the downpour.
The trailhead for Wind Caves Hike is off of Split Mountain Rd on the very eastern side of Anza Borrego State Park, south of 78, as you head towards Octotillo Wells. You have to drive 3 or 4 miles on Fish Creek wash to arrive at the trailhead. It is a fabulous canyon/wash to drive though. We absolutely loved it. The canyon is called Split Mountain Canyon and instead of dead ending into the mountain it passes right through it, hence the name.
From there you eventually get to the trailhead off to the left. The sign is a bit difficult to see but you are in a large loop in the wash. The first part of the trail is a bit rock and steep but after awhile it levels off and turns into just dirt.
It is only 1.0 mile to the caves and well worth it. The views are fabulous and not only of the wind caves but of the surrounding area. Beautiful!
We could have spent hours up there exploring but we only stayed long enough to have lunch, admire the views, take some pictures, poke our heads in a few caves, and then head back down the mountain. The weather was starting to turn and the wind and clouds were approaching.
We made it back to our rig just in time. Soon it was raining, pouring rain, all night long. We woke up to a bit of snow dusting on the local mountains. The snow went down to the 2,000 foot level. Just made it!
We really enjoyed the Wind Cave. Just a little beyond them is a trail to a wash full of fossils and the Elephant Knees.
I can’t wait to return:)