Sheep Canyon Trail

Borrego Springs, California 92004

Sheep Canyon Trail

Sheep Canyon Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Each of Coyote Canyon’s major tributaries has its own unique character, and Sheep Canyon is no exception. Palms are not so common here, but sycamores and cottonwoods thrive. Your footsteps will play counterpoint to the gurgle and spatter of water over polished boulders. Shady grottos provide coolness and shade at frequent intervals along the way. Depending on the current wet or dry cycle, the canyon’s stream may or may not be flowing in the fall season, but there’s almost always plenty of water in winter and spring. Though parts of Sheep Canyon are rugged and overgrown with lush vegetation, foot traffic in the lower end has hewn out a discernible, if primitive, footpath."

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"Water flows through the rugged confines of Sheep Canyon during most of the year, although the canyon is apt to be dry by the time autumn rolls around. Depending on the season, a bubbling stream flows down steep rocks into deep pools lined by shady grottos. A few palm trees scattered along the brushy cottonwood-sycamore bottom make this twisting gorge a true desert oasis. A primitive on-again/off-again use trail winds up the lower reaches of Sheep Canyon into the North Fork."

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I have been coming out here for years. A great place for a beginning / intermediate 4x4 adventure. If you have a stock 4x4, pull your stock rocker panel steps or expect them to get a few dings. Other than this, most 4x4's can make the climb with a little driving skill.


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Trail Information

Borrego Springs
Nearby City
1,200 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
4 hours
November through April
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Local Contacts
USGS Borrego Palm Canyon, Hot Springs Mtn.
Local Maps

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