Some of the Best Adventures in Borrego Valley Inn’s Backyard
Stunning Superbloom Sightings
When a superbloom hits the valley, you don’t have to go far to see a dazzling display of yellow poppies, red cholla and pink prickly pears. But one of our favorite places to hike through tons of flowering desert foliage is the Borrego Palm Canyon Trail. It’s a moderately difficult 2.6-mile loop that leads you to one of the largest palm oases in California. It’s also known to be a favorite hangout among the area’s big horn sheep.
Spotting a 15-foot-tall grasshopper in the middle of the desert might make you think you’re seeing a mirage. But, in fact, you’re approaching one of the metal sculptures meticulous crafted by Riccardo Breceda. There are 130 freestanding works on display in the open desert, and no entry fee is required to see them. However, plenty of water and a vehicle that can handle dusty desert roads are highly recommended.
Here, all it takes to find a magnificent view of the Milky Way is a short stroll outside. But if you want to find specific constellations and close-up views of our neighboring planets, Dennis Mammana can help. On nights without moonlight, he provides personalized tours of the cosmos using his high-powered telescopes and his background as a professional astronomer. His tours are truly out of this world.
The Anza-Borrego Desert State Park has some truly amazing hikes. And one of our absolute favorites is The Slot. It’s a moderately difficult 2.3-mile loop that takes you though a siltstone slot canyon and its wash. A $10 park entry fee is required to hike The Slot. And you must stay alert for any possibility of precipitation—since rainfall presents a risk of flash flooding in the narrow canyon.
When you’ve got a hankering for a hamburger, Big Horn Burgers & Shakes will serve yours with a side of Wild West spirit. Their kitchen churns out hand-cut fries and delightful dipping sauces, like piquillo and paprika aioli. While their saloon slings some pretty fine cocktails and brings in live music to boot. If you love a good Western, Big Horn is one watering hole you won’t want to miss.
From paintings and pottery to photography and fantastic multimedia works, there’s no telling what the latest rotating exhibit at the Borrego Art Institute might hold. But we can tell you that when you find yourself inspired to create a few works of your own, their weekend workshops are a great place to start. At Borrego Art Institute, you won’t just get creative, you’ll get to know the Borrego Springs community too.