Borrego Palm Canyon

MODERATE 98 reviews

Borrego Palm Canyon is a 2.8 mile loop trail located near Borrego Springs, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from October until May. Horses are also able to use this trail.

2.8 miles 518 feet Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

See a real desert oasis as you clamber through a slot canyon in Anza-Borrego Desert State Wilderness Borrego Palm Canyon is the most popular trail in California's largest state park. It leads to the third-largest palm oasis in California, which was the first site sought for a desert state park back in the 1920s. It's a beautiful, well-watered oasis, tucked away in a rocky V-shaped gorge. If you're lucky, you may glimpse a bighorn sheep, in a canyon vegetated by California's only native species of palm. The park receives many visitors due to its proximity to the metropolises of Southern California, and the trail is relatively easy to access and hike (three miles round trip with 600' elevation gain). The trail visits the first palm grove and a waterfall. A longer option takes you exploring farther up-canyon. During the spring wildflower season, this trail is not the place to "get away from it all." However, the hike is rewarding in may ways: child-friendly, a multitude of waypoints through which to explore the natural history, and minimal effort for outstanding natural values.

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1 day ago

beautiful. waterfall and the desert bloom. can't get much better.

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1 day ago

Get there early to avoid crowds...parking is not that big. Bring enough water. The trail is very well maintained, there was lots and lots of flowers. The palm oasis was really nice.

1 day ago

Excellent trail, a little crowded, but overall an excellent hike!! Easy to moderate, but arrive early (to avoid heat) and bring plenty of water.

2 days ago

Hike was pretty narrow in certain spots. The alternative path wasn't as well routed as the original path. Flowers were absolutely beautiful during the super-bloom.

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4 days ago

Amy and I loved this hike. Many wildflowers and even saw two bighorn sheep! Start early, 7 am latest as the crowds start shortly thereafter and parking is limited.

Great hike!!!!!

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8 days ago

Wildflowers are in full bloom and absolutely beautiful! My friend and I actually started this hike at 5pm, so 90% of the time we were shaded by the canyon. Also, not super crowded at that time. Highly recommend this hike.

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8 days ago

best done starting at 6:30 am so you can finish it around 9 am. it starts to be very hot

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8 days ago