Subi & The 5

Clark Dry Lake – Borrego Springs, California

Clark Dry Lake - Old Boondocking Area
Clark Dry Lake – Old Boondocking Area – EMPTY

Yep, the boondocking area around Clark Dry Lake is no longer. We had been hearing/reading blogs stating that the Anza Borrego State Park had purchased some of the Borrego Springs land north of S22 and east of Rockhouse Canyon Rd. and closed it off to campers. And yes it is true.  A very large section of, what used to be, a fantastic boondocking area is now closed to vehicles.  There are a few areas (about 4) which will fit a motorhome or two right along the road and there is a short distance on Rockhouse Canyon that is open to camping and Peg Leg is still there but that is it.  Yes, we are severely disappointed but knew before we arrived that this was the case.

Clark Dry Lake - Old Boondocking Area
Signs placed strategically around the desert

Time to make the most of a not so nice situation.  We pulled into one of the little pull off areas that could fit about 4 motorhomes comfortably and ended up spending about 9 or 10 days along the road.  The good news is that the area had great cell reception and fantastic, unobstructed views to the north. The bad news is that you are right along the road and hear the traffic roaring by starting early in the morning and straight through until evening.  We dealt with it and had a terrific time especially since friends came and boondocked with us.


Of course, our yearly jaunt to Fonts Point was a must especially since the evenings were so warm and perfect for sitting out and watching the sunset.


Since the weather was so warm we had to head out on our hikes early in the morning to try and avoid the mid day heat. It didn’t work as we were still baking in the sun even early in the morning.


And, as usual, the desert does not disappoint us with beautiful sunsets.


As sad as we are that this wonderful boondocking area is no more we will still enjoy our visits to this beautiful area.


  1. Yes, we were also disappointed as the remaining open areas were much more crowded than we’ve ever seen. Just hope the state park doesn’t acquire the rest of that land.

    1. Let’s hope they don’t acquire the rest of the land! I think lots of people are very disappointed. We continue to see rigs pull in and stop, look around, and then drive away. A shame.

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