Desert Road Trip Part 3 of 4:
Anza Borrego Desert State Park
In the evening after ATVing Ocotillo Springs and checking out the Salton Sea, we hopped on the road again to Borrego Springs. The sun was setting as we rode down S22, and and I had to fight to focus on the road because I kept wanting to glance at the multi-colored sky.
We arrived in Borrego Springs and went to eat at a recommended spot called Carlee’s. It a sports bar with a very small town, local type feel to it. It was sparse when we got there around 5:30pm, but it was bustlin’ by the time we left, and a guitarist was setting up to play some live music. It’s a senior crowd, as most california desert towns are retirees. The food was delicious and the service was great. We went to our Airbnb after for the evening. I didn’t remember much about it because I had booked in a rush. It was better than we could hope for. Our wonderful hosts Linda and Bob lived on the property and we stayed in their guest house. They had moved to Borrego Springs from San Diego and renovated their property in a southwest style. The place was immaculate, the decor was beautiful, and the mountains served as a backdrop. On top of that there was a pool, jacuzzi, and a firepit! We were completely sore from ATVing so after a quick rinse we made ourselves some cocktails and jumped in the jacuzzi to relax under the starry sky. Then we made a fire and sat outside chatting for a while, and soon after went to bed.
The next day we slept in then set out to explore Anza Borrego Desert State Park. There was a short trail we could hike where there were frequently Long Horn Sheep sightings called Borrego Palm Canyon. It was a pretty hot January day out in the desert, so luckily this hike wasn’t too strenuous. There is a river canyon that had quite a bit of water running through it, and of course lots of desert cacti. In late February lots of wildflowers bloom and the hikes are even more beautiful so we’ll have to return. Anza is a large park (585 acres) so there is plenty to do and see. After our hike we were starving and went to the RV Park Hotel Restaurant, a place that feels like an old western town. It was another good find, delicious juicy burgers and a great beer selection. Anza is a pretty mellow town so there wasn’t too much activity, but if you love the outdoors and some peace and quiet I highly recommend visiting here.
Also close by is Galetta Meadows, life-size metal sculptures depicting critters that once roamed the Anza-Borrego Desert as far back as 6.5 million years ago. We ran into these on our way to Salvation Mountain, and it was quite the site, especially because we had no idea they existed. These sculptures by Dennis Avery are massive and scattered all over the desert landscape. I would’ve loved to spend more time here but we were racing the sun to see Salvation Mountain before the sun set.