Coachwhip Canyon Trail

Borrego Springs, California 92004

Coachwhip Canyon Trail

Coachwhip Canyon Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Stark, dry, and almost barren, Coachwhip Canyon is somehow—despite these attributes—a very peaceful and appealing place. A beautiful “forest” of smoke trees, framed by sandstone formations, stands at the entrance. The wind, which can blow like the devil just outside, seldom seems to intrude within the confines of the canyon. Hidden nooks in the side canyons, each unique, invite you to pause, rest, and enjoy. The wraithlike, gray-green smoke tree, a handsome shrub in any season, puts on quite a show in June, when it is festooned with thousands of indigo-colored blossoms. The smoke tree forest literally hums then with the wing-beats of bees gathering nectar. It is, of course, terrifically hot at that time of year, so you would be advised to hike at dawn or dusk."

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Trail Information

Borrego Springs
Nearby City
500 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
October through June
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Local Contacts
USGS Fonts Point
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