This three-mile round-trip to Pygmy Grove and Southwest Grove of Fan Palms is fairly easy to hike. Look for the stand of Elephant Trees at Torote Bowl.

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Parks and Outdoors Review of Mountain Palm Springs Canyon

Away Travel Expert: Ann Marie Brown
ParksExpert Rating 4.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
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  • Although the groves of native fan palms in Mountain Palm Springs Canyon are not as extensive as in the more popular Borrego Palm Canyon, they're still worth the trip. Fed by underground springs, the palm oases create havens for wildlife and a great place for hikers to cool off on a hot day. Six distinct palm groves are in Mountain Palm Springs Canyon, and you can see them all via this one trail.
  • The loveliest grove in this canyon is found at Palm Grove Bowl, a natural bowl that is ringed with more than 100 palm trees. If you visit in early winter when the palms bear their fruit (dates), the sounds of songbirds in the trees are almost deafening. Look for the colorful hooded oriole that builds its nest on the underside of palm fronds.

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Borrego Springs, California

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Telephone Number: 760-767-5311
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