There is so much to do in the Anza Borrego State Park area including in the town of Borrego Springs. Many people think there is nothing to do out there in the barren desert but for some reason we keep coming back and never seem to run out of things to do. There are, reportedly, over 500 miles of dirt roads and hiking trails in the park. I don’t think we will ever get to all of them.
Ocotillo Wells – Pumpkin Patch
We have been 4WD driving on Arroyo Salado many times before but have never continued the drive into Ocotillo Wells to see the Pumpkin Patch so we decided to venture out that way and see how far we could get due to the recent floods in the area. Turns out the roads were a bit gnarly in places but nothing so bad that it stopped us. And, of course, we stopped by our usual stopping places such as 17 Palms and 5 Palms. Unfortunately, Una Palma fell, oh poor Una Palma.
We also ventured out to Font’s Point 3 or 4 times with our friends and house/RV guests to enjoy the beautiful visits and sunsets.
Just to the south of Hwy 78 and to the east of Yaqui Pass is Mine Wash. It has a nice Village Site of the Kumeyaay Indians with interesting rock formations and morteros scattered around a large area. It is a great hiking area also.
Old Borrego Valley Rd
On our return trip from Mine Wash to Borrego Springs we decided to drive the Old Borrego Valley Rd which intersects Hwy 78 and we loved it. Not only are there a few great boondocking sites along the way, it also provides fantastic views of the area.
Coyote Canyon and Sheep Canyon
We love taking a 4WD through Coyote Canyon and have tried a few times before to make it up Boulder Alley and up to Sheep Canyon, a further 2 1/2 miles, to the campground and then hike into the Canyon. Boulder Alley is a challenging 4WD road which is best left to high clearance vehicles depending on the size of the boulders on any given day. This time we made it! The drive out there required crossing a few streams but no problem.
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