Tubb Canyon Trail

Borrego Springs, California

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Big Spring in a tributary of Tubb Canyon (“Tub” Canyon on some maps) is one of the more reliable water producers in the Anza-Borrego Desert. As such, it is an important watering hole for local wildlife. Tracks on the sandy pathways leading to the spring show evidence of visits by coyotes, mountain lions, and bighorn sheep. Unknown to most park visitors, this isolated spring is actually easy to reach on foot. At the spring, the water gushes through tall thickets of seep-willow and thorny tangles of catclaw and mesquite—making it hard to reach the water with one’s hide intact. A few small willows and cottonwoods raise their crowns above it all. Enhancing the scene is the massive presence of Pinyon Ridge, rising to the south.

Tubb Canyon Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Big Spring in a tributary of Tubb Canyon (“Tub” Canyon on some maps) is one of the more reliable water producers in the Anza-Borrego Desert. As such, it is an important watering hole for local wildlife. Tracks on the sandy pathways leading to the spring show evidence of visits by coyotes, mountain lions, and bighorn sheep. Unknown to most park visitors, this isolated spring is actually easy to reach on foot. At the spring, the water gushes through tall thickets of seep-willow and thorny tangles of catclaw and mesquite—making it hard to reach the water with one’s hide intact. A few small willows and cottonwoods raise their crowns above it all. Enhancing the scene is the massive presence of Pinyon Ridge, rising to the south."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Borrego Springs
Distance: 1.5
Elevation Gain: 200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Season: October through May
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Local Maps: USGS Tubb Canyon
Driving Directions: Directions to Tubb Canyon Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

3/1/2009
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An easy trail and great for kids, yet with a "wild' feel. As soon as you leave the sound of passing traffic on Montezuma Rd behind, you feel almost as remote as a backpack. The field was in full bloom with small purple flowers in the morning, but they were folded up when we returned in the afternoon. Plenty of sign of wildlife use of the trails, particularly coyote, but also bighorn sheep. A few hundred meters down canyon we found the perfect spot to just hang for awhile and I'm tempted to come back with a tent. A sandy "porch" in the wash with a spectacular view of the valley floor below all the way out to the Salton Sea. As my 4-year old said, "little tiny trees like dots, little tiny roads, little tiny farms, little tiny...", well, you get the idea. Big boulders, junipers, and cool caves envelop the site, making it a great spot to "nest."



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