Added: Nov 29, 2011

From: California Travel Tips

Duration: 3:21

SUBSCRIBE! California Travel Expert Veronica Hill of and the California Essential Guide app ( checks out Anza Borrego State Park and Borrego Springs in this episode of "California Travel Tips." Anza Borrego park sits near the Salton Sea on more than 600,000 acres of slot canyons and badlands. It's a snowbird's paradise, home to four scenic golf courses, beautiful desert trails and awesome off-road adventures. Fall through spring is the best time to visit Borrego Springs, which is the Anza Borrego desert town center. This is when temperatures dip from summer highs of 120 down to a comfortable 70 to 80 degrees. Spring is when the Anza Borrego flowers carpet the desert in a field of colorful blooms. Anza Borrego wildflowers include such species as desert dandeloin, desert mallow, white sage, lupine and Indian paintbrush. Anza Borrego camping is free throughout the park! If you want a more pampering experience, stay in one of the hotels or RV resorts in Borrego Springs. You can enjoy a round of golf beneath the Santa Rosa mountains, enjoy some catch-and-release fishing on the Springs at Borrego golf course, or go swimming in their 85-degree pool and hot mineral springs. When you arrive, check out the visitors center, which is located just above town. This is also where you'll find Palm Canyon, one of the main Anza Borrego campgrounds with hookups. The Anza Borrego Visitors Center is a great place to learn about the native flora and fauna, take in a geology lesson, or enjoy a short stroll to the desert pupfish pond. These endangered fish can live in water three times as salty as the ocean and up to 120 degrees in heat! Borrego Palm Canyon is one of the area's most popular hikes, clocking in at 3 miles round-trip. Allow roughly 2 hours for the journey, which begins at the Visitor Center and ends at a natural palm oasis. If you're lucky, you may spot some of the desert's native bighorn sheep. On the hike to Alma Wash, you can check out the rare elephant trees, which were discovered here in 1937. One of the most unique sights in Borrego Springs are the metal sculptures, which are scattered throughout the valley. Designed by artist Ricardo Breceda, the sculptures are located along 3 square miles of Galleta Meadows Estate, which sits along Borrego Springs Road. Highlights include a field of farm workers, a stranded desert Jeep and an awesome 350-foot serpent that travels beneath the highway. Many of these larger-than-life sculptures resemble the prehistoric creatures that once roamed Borrego Valley, ranging from giant sloths and camels to wooly Mammoths and saber-toothed tigers. Outside the chamber of commerce, you'll find a replica of Spanish explorer Juan Bautista De Anza, who blazed the trail from Mexico to San Francisco in 1775. Cycling is a great way to see the Anza Borrego desert, and many rentals are available in town. If you have a four-wheel drive, head out to popular locations like Ocotillo Wells, Blair Valley, Split Mountain and Sheep Canyon. The desert's remote location makes it an ideal spot for stargazing. In fact, Borrego Springs hosts dozens of astronomy events throughout the year, and was California's first International Dark Sky community. Music by Jason Shaw at SUBSCRIBE! LIKE ME ON FACEBOOK CIRCLE ME ON GOOGLE PLUS FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM BUY MY APPS! California Essential Guide App: ITUNES: GOOGLE PLAY: Yosemite Travel Essentials App: ITUNES: DISNEYLAND INSIDER'S TRAVEL GUIDE ITUNES: GOOGLE PLAY:

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California Travel Tips Says:

Dec 3, 2011 - @interstateruler Thank you! I agree. It would be fun.

CS Rogowski Says:

Nov 25, 2012 - I'm a little put off my the video as it shows motor bikes, and they are not allowed anywhere in/on the state park. Later in the video it tells us the one can go to Ocotillo wells, but since the video is titled 'Anza Borrego' I think people might think it's ok for off road vehicles within the state park.

California Travel Tips Says:

Dec 20, 2011 - @PnnPlvno2 Thank you!

mesatop5 Says:

Nov 5, 2012 - I just visited AB after a fifty year hiatus! It was one of my favorite places as a kid and it's one of my favorite places as an oldster. Almost got stuck in the wash going to Fonts Point and absolutely loved every minute of it.

Eric Colvin Says:

Dec 3, 2011 - That is wonderful. I sometimes wish that other people throughout the fifty states could make videos like this so that we can learn all about what our nation has to offer.

California Travel Tips Says:

Feb 14, 2012 - @MrAlrafithy Hi and thanks for your kind words! There are fees to park in developed campgrounds such as Borrego Palm Canyon, but you don't need anything to park in the primitive/backcountry areas. Firearms are not permitted in the park, and you must camp at least 100 feet away from water sources. If you have any more specific questions, call (760) 767-4205. Have fun!

dirkjently Says:

Dec 16, 2011 - Haven't responded in awhile, Veronica...great job! You done the tour of the Coachella Valley and Death Valley yet?

California Travel Tips Says:

Nov 30, 2011 - @TheCdsport Thanks! It's definitely best to visit during the fall-spring. The weather was just perfect. We went during the Sunday-Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Can't wait to go back in the spring and see all the wildflowers!

Hayder Ashamsy Says:

Feb 14, 2012 - can you please tell me if i need any requirements to camp in this park ? like a license or something like that ? and are we allowed to use BB guns in this park ? I'm looking forward to camp this weekend in this camp with my group so I hope you can help me :) by the way, you have a nice smile :) thank you so much,

cdsport m Says:

Nov 30, 2011 - nice one! i love this video. when i was in anza borrego, it was too barren and hot out there, and all the sand dunes were a bit scary lol

California Travel Tips Says:

Jan 29, 2012 - @RioXavier Thank you! You'll have a great time. The weather is beautiful this time of year. When we shot this video, it was freezing in most of Southern California, but tank top and swimming weather in Borrego Springs. Have fun!

RioXavier Says:

Jan 29, 2012 - great stuff, now I know where I am going next Saturday.

California Travel Tips Says:

Dec 17, 2011 - @dirkjently Thank you! Death Valley is on our list for this winter/spring!

Lyndon Abul Says:

Feb 16, 2015 - I hope it's near the antelope valley.