A Weekend in Borrego Springs
Our trips to Borrego Springs start at Dudley's Bakery in Santa Ysabel. We had coffee, pastries and bought a loaf of pecan bread, just in cause. From there, we drove to Borrego Springs, via S22. The view into the valley is always spectacular with Salton Sea clear in the distance.
We stopped first at the Visitors Center for the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. This is a nice center with a small museum, friendly rangers, restrooms and a small garden with information about the local plants. I fractured the top of my tibia less than a year ago, so I can't do any real hiking yet. We walked the .6 mile, paved path from the Center to the campground. At the end of the path, there is a wide, sandy trail to the start of the Palm Canyon Trail. At the head of the trail there are picnic benches, water fountains and restrooms. (There is also a short trail to the left, the Panorama Trail, that leads to a small hill with a view of the valley.). We walked about .25 mile down the main trail to see the small creek formed by the recent rains.
We always stay at one of the casitas at Casa del Zorro. This is a nice resort with a full-service restaurant, bar, pools, yoga classes, pickleball courts and more. Our casita was a very nice two-bedroom, two-bathroom unit with a kitchenette and a private spa.
Running water in the desert
Sea Bass from Casa del Zorro
The next day, we went to the annual Garden Tour put on by the Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association. This tour was of five homes with an emphasis on the use of native plants in the landscape. The organization has a garden, plant shop and bookstore near Christmas Circle and organizes tours and hikes.This home features a smoke tree as a focal point at the front door
This ocotillo is the definition of stubborn
Purple verbena and yellow buttercups