Fonts Point

EASY 34 reviews

Fonts Point is a 8 mile out and back trail located near Borrego Springs, California that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and off road driving and is best used from November until March.

DISTANCE
8.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
528 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

off road driving

views

no dogs

A must-see. Easy, short sand wash that ends overlooking badlands. View is spectacular, especially at sunset. Wouldn't recommend this for 2wd vehicles as it's very easy to get bogged down in the soft sand, however, some people do take them.

1 month ago

easy drive, great views

off road driving
3 months ago

Amazing view of the badlands! Easy trail for 4x4. There are some areas of soft sand.

off road driving
3 months ago

One of my favorite places to desert camp in the middle of nowhere. Views of the canyons and trails are amazing and the stars at night are spectacular. Offroading is very easy. I imagine you could do it with a 2WD but 4X4 is more fun.

off road driving
3 months ago

Did it with my 2WD
Easy 4x4 isn’t needed

But does have soft sand

walking
4 months ago

One of the best sunsets I’ve ever scene in my life. That being said would only really go for the sunset. The out and back 8 mile Hike is really an 8 mile off road sand drive. A lot of reviews say don’t drive it with it 4 wheel drive. Did it with a 2wd, just keep speed up and look for deep sand to step on the gas. Minimal hiking at the destination point. Worth the sunset, bring a bottle of wine for it. Leave quick gets really dark fast after sunset. Have fun!

off road driving
4 months ago

This trail is a must-do for anyone visiting Anza-Borrego in a 4x4 vehicle. It's easy-peasy, but due to the soft sand you want to avoid using a 2wd. Drive down a wash through the Borrego Badlands, then take a short stroll up a hill to see a view as vast as (if different than) the Grand Canyon. During spring there are usually nice wildflowers in the wash as well. Definitely one of the highlights of Anza-Borrego.

off road driving
4 months ago

Very easy trail. Did it on my 17 outback with stock wheels. Very fun even the wife enjoyed it.

5 months ago

Trail is easy, views are unbelievable

off road driving
10 months ago

Go for the view. Impossible to get lost. Soft sand!!

hiking
11 months ago

The view is incredible. I wouldn't hike it though, I'd recommend driving it. It's just a sandy wash and hiking it with vehicles kicking up dust around you isn't my idea of a fun hike.

off road driving
11 months ago

went out to font's point 3/8/17. road was is pretty good condition, did it in a Impreza AWD and didn't have any major problems. 2wd cars might make it but there's some really sandy parts. awesome view at the end.

off road driving
11 months ago

If there were 10 stars available that rating would still fall short. As a native San Diegan I have no clue how this place has stayed off my radar but wow, amazing. Make sure you get your directions down before hand. F'n Siri wanted to lead me through Ocatillo and park 2.3 miles away at the base of this. After that two hour detour it was only a 10 minute drive outside of Borrego Springs and 4 miles up a sandy wash to the point. The sand was thick at times but my AWD CX-5 had no problems. I left my 2WD Tacoma at home thinking I may need the extra traction only to get out there and to the top where I parked next to a Prius.

Make sure you look up the history of this area prior as it will only further your appreciation for this natural wonder.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Great views.

off road driving
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Always amazing, especially this time of year. With the recent rains, there's far less dust. 1/7/2017 an amazing day to be out there, with weather in the low 60's and no wind and beautiful skies. Even when it gets busy out there it never feels crowded.

scenic driving
Saturday, July 16, 2016

I'd say this is more of a good drive with an amazing view opposed to a hike or backpacking route. it's a pretty popular spot for photography day and night. The trail there is mostly sand/soft sand. I've seen 2wd vehicles make it but I always recommend a 4wd when traveling the trails. It is a pretty obvious trail and hard to stray from, (there's even signs saying not to go off the trail) so that shouldn't be an issue. As usual, bring water and watch keep your kids and pets close as there's a pretty nice drop off at fonts point.

off road driving
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A must-see. Easy, short sand wash that ends overlooking badlands. View is spectacular, especially at sunset. I wouldn't recommend this for 2wd vehicles as it's very easy to get bogged down in the soft sand.

Air down your tires to make the washboard much more tolerable and easier on the car. Normally mine are set at 37 psi cold. I air them down to at least 28 while hot. It makes a huge difference in not only the comfort of the ride but the amount of traction through the sand. You can air back up in Borrego Springs which is a short drive back from Font's Point. Just drive a little slower on the pavement than you normally would.

nature trips
Monday, April 21, 2014

Highly recommend this place. Such a beautiful location for photography, especially at sunrise and sunset. I made it out there with a Chevy Aveo (barely), but I wish I had taken a 4wd vehicle. My car almost got stuck in the sand several times, and my suspension took a pretty terrible beating.

off road driving
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Beautiful view. It's a mini badlands. I made it out in a Chevy Cruze, barely. Just don't slow down or you could definitely get stuck where the sand is softer. Keep it 25 mph and above and try to avoid the visible soft spots. If you see a soft spot ahead you can't avoid, hit the gas so your momentum pulls you through! Could put a bit of a beating on your vehicle.

off road driving
Sunday, November 11, 2012

I've been exploring Anza Borrego for awhile, and this is definitely one of the best places to see at sunrise or sunset.

It's a fun drive down the sandy, windy wash to get to it, and it's well worth the diversion while you're out there. Also there's a secondary point of viewing this area that's equally good and much less visited. It's called Vista del Malpais and you'll find it just a bit east along the rim of fonts point. You'll be treated to a beautiful multi-color banded view of the land.

hiking
Thursday, April 05, 2012

So glad I took the detour from ocotillo wells to see this. The wash is wide and sandy, but it's not about the trail. It's about the view. You can stand at the edge and overlook a 1300ft drop to the bad lands. When you get there don't forget to look east and west!

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