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Best trails in Borrego Springs

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Looking for a great trail near Borrego Springs, California? AllTrails has 46 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Cuyamaca Rancho State Park or Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like El Capitan County Preserve or Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve. Ready for some activity? There are 21 moderate trails in Borrego Springs ranging from 0.9 to 14.5 miles and from 200 to 5,633 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Borrego Springs
Top trails (46)
#1 - The Slot
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 1 h 8 m
Slot Canyon is an unmaintained trail off a sand road and far from most visitor traffic. Flash floods formed the breathtaking slot canyon. At points, forty-foot high walls arch above a foot-wide canyon floor.Show more
#2 - Borrego Palm Canyon
Anza-Borrego Desert State Wilderness
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 29 m
Note: as of October 2020 the oasis at the end is reportedly closed off. 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: kid-friendly, a multitude of waypoints through which to explore the natural history, and minimal effort for outstanding natural values.Show more
#3 - Maidenhair Falls via Hellhole Canyon Trail
Anza-Borrego Desert State Wilderness
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Length: 5.6 mi • Est. 2 h 55 m
#4 - Fonts Point
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
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Length: 7.9 mi
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. OHV’s are not allowed in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, all vehicles must be highway legal.Show more
#5 - Calcite Mine Trail
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 1 h 57 m
Calcite Mine is just under 4 miles long and located near Borrego Springs, California. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes 2-3 hours. You start off on the rough jeep trail down to a wash where you have the option to traverse through a slot canyon. Once to the mine area, you can explore various rock formations and hike up to the tiptop for a fantastic view of the Salton Sea and the surrounding badlands. On the way back, start out on the jeep track again and then venture the other way down the narrow canyon to meet back up with the original trail. The route is also open to vehicles. OHV’s are not allowed in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, all vehicles must be highway legal.Show more
#6 - Wind Caves Trail
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
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Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 32 m
#7 - Whale Peak
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
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Length: 9 mi • Est. 5 h 3 m
Googling or using the app for driving directions to the trailhead may bring you to the wrong place. You need to take the first dirt road you pass off of S2 coming from Scissors Crossing, not the second one as Google would have you take. The dirt road to the trail head is pretty gnarly and you will probably want some clearance. Trail is really well marked.Show more
#8 - Palm Wash Loop
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
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Length: 7.8 mi • Est. 3 h 46 m
#9 - West Butte, Wind Caves, Slot Loop Trail
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
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Length: 5.6 mi • Est. 2 h 16 m
#10 - Panorama Overlook
Anza-Borrego Desert State Wilderness
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 1 h 4 m
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