Borrego Palm Canyon

Borrego Springs, California

Borrego Palm Canyon Professional Review and Guide

"This hike, part of it cross-country, leads into California’s Sonoran Desert via a deep, palm-dotted canyon in the San Ysidro Mountains. Encompassing more than 600,000 acres, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is the largest state park in the nation. Much of its land is roadless, ranging from remote mountain ranges to low hills and desert plains. The unusual California fan palm, found only in a few canyons and moist areas along the western and northern edge of the Colorado (Sonoran) Desert in California, is well represented in two separate groves in Borrego Palm Canyon. Experienced and adventurous hikers are urged to explore the rugged forks of the canyon beyond the second palm grove. The Middle Fork leads into the Los Coyotes Indian Reservation, where permission is required for entry. Hikers aren’t likely to find campsites in these narrow canyons, which are visited chiefly by day hikers."

Borrego Palm Canyon Reviews

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A beautiful trail ... and especially a delight when the wildflowers and cactus are in bloom, as they were on this date. The springs are beautiful, especially when boulders team up with them to create photo-worthy waterfalls. Suggest starting early to avoid the crowds; very few people on the trail when we started at 7:20 a.m., compared with hundreds by mid-day.

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Trail Information

Borrego Springs
Nearby City
770 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
1.5 hours
Best mid-October through early May
830 feet
Trailhead Elevation
1,600 feet
Top Elevation
Anza - Borrego Desert State Park
Local Contacts
USGS Borrego Palm Canyon
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jun 2018