A well-traveled trail, Borrego Palm Canyon steepens only slightly over its 1.5-mile course. Desert plants, fan palms, and jewel-toned flowering bushes come to life in spring.

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Parks and Outdoors Review of Borrego Palm Canyon

Away Travel Expert: Ann Marie Brown
ParksExpert Rating 4.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Birding,Day Hiking
Parks and OutdoorsExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • The hike to Borrego Palm Canyon is only 1.5 miles one-way, but it feels like a trip from the desert to the tropics. You start by sweating it out with the cacti and ocotillo, and you end up in the dense shade of a fan palm oasis. In wet years, you can dip your toes in the pool of Borrego Palm Canyon's small, fern-covered waterfall. More than 800 mature native palms grow in Borrego Palm Canyon.
  • The trail begins at the state park campground, where you should top off your water bottle before you start. Pick up an interpretive brochure at the park visitor center to identify the array of desert plants that grow alongside the trail. Only one-half mile in, you'll be surprised by the sight of hundreds of bright green, leafy palm trees ahead in the canyon.

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Borrego Springs, California

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 760-767-5311
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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