Borrego Palm Canyon Nature Trail

Borrego Springs, California

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Borrego Palm Canyon used to be the lushest and most beautiful of the roughly 25 “palm canyons” in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. However, on September 10, 2004, a wall of water at least 20 feet high tore through the narrower parts of the canyon. The rushing water uprooted hundreds of fan palm trees, floating them out past the mouth of the canyon toward Borrego Palm Canyon Campground and beyond. A mudflow hit the campground, causing considerable damage to its lower-lying structures. Dubbed a “hundred-year flash flood” by some and a “thousand-year flash flood” by others, the event was indeed a rare occurrence for that particular location in the Anza-Borrego Desert—but not so rare for the region at large. The rushing water uprooted hundreds of fan palm trees, floating them out past the mouth of the canyon toward Borrego Palm Canyon Campground and beyond. A mudflow hit the campground, causing considerable damage to its lower-lying structures. Dubbed a “hundred-year flash flood” by some and a “thousand-year flash flood” by others, the event was indeed a rare occurrence for that particular location in the Anza-Borrego Desert—but not so rare for the region at large.

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"Borrego Palm Canyon used to be the lushest and most beautiful of the roughly 25 “palm canyons” in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. However, on September 10, 2004, a wall of water at least 20 feet high tore through the narrower parts of the canyon. The rushing water uprooted hundreds of fan palm trees, floating them out past the mouth of the canyon toward Borrego Palm Canyon Campground and beyond. A mudflow hit the campground, causing considerable damage to its lower-lying structures. Dubbed a “hundred-year flash flood” by some and a “thousand-year flash flood” by others, the event was indeed a rare occurrence for that particular location in the Anza-Borrego Desert—but not so rare for the region at large. The rushing water uprooted hundreds of fan palm trees, floating them out past the mouth of the canyon toward Borrego Palm Canyon Campground and beyond. A mudflow hit the campground, causing considerable damage to its lower-lying structures. Dubbed a “hundred-year flash flood” by some and a “thousand-year flash flood” by others, the event was indeed a rare occurrence for that particular location in the Anza-Borrego Desert—but not so rare for the region at large."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Borrego Springs
Distance: 3
Elevation Gain: 450 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: October through May
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Local Maps: USGS Borrego Palm Canyon
Driving Directions: Directions to Borrego Palm Canyon Nature Trail

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May 2018