The Springs at Borrego

Sunrise View from Fonts Point
by Ethan Hess, age 16

July 2017
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It's July, and it's quiet in the Anza-Borrego Desert. This month again brings hot sunny afternoons and warm, peaceful evenings under the summer stars, silent mornings and evenings at the pool, and uncrowded golf courses. 

Beginning around July 12, the Delta Aquariid meteor shower will be visible in our clear and dark desert skies, peaking around July 28 and extending into August. The Delta Aquariids will be followed by the Perseid meteor shower which will peak around August 12.

Summer pricing for RV sites and golf are now in effect, so call today to reserve your place in the tranquility of our beautiful desert. Our reservation team is waiting to hear from you  at 760-767-0004 from 8 AM to 3 PM daily. Or, you can book online at our online booking engine  here .

Serious Pool Time at The Springs
by Kerry Hubbert

Milky Way over Borrego
by Hana Novak
We hope to see you soon  in sunny and starry Borrego! 

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 Big Spring; Great Hike to 
See Bighorn Sheep
By The Canyoneers
 for the San Diego Reader
View of Big Spring

Big Spring is one of the dependable watering holes for desert bighorn sheep. It is found in a tributary of upper Tubb Canyon and is easily accessible. The trail within the spring area is jungle-like with heavy vegetation. An extra treat on this hike is a slight diversion to a great view of Borrego Valley at the head of the middle fork of Tubb Canyon.

Big Spring Trailhead

The trail to Big Spring departs from just south of the large turnout on S-22, crossing over a low divide into the sandy middle fork of upper Tubb Canyon and then over another low divide to the south fork of upper Tubb. Big Spring is about a mile from the highway in the latter fork and is heavily overgrown with mule-fat or seep-willow, catclaw acacia, mesquite, and cottonwood. Big Spring is a reliable water producer in the Anza-Borrego area, flowing on the shrub-choked surface for one-quarter mile, then going underground. The spring is a main watering hole for bighorn sheep and other wildlife. Look for tracks of wildlife in the area.

View of Borrego Valley from Big Spring.

The lower canyon below the spring is on private property - do not hike down. Follow a use-trail through the vegetation to the west, taking care to avoid contact with thorny catclaw acacia and mesquite. Just above the spring are some boulders, which is a good place to rest. Dropping down from the boulders leads to the canyon bottom above the spring and below Pinyon Ridge. There is an option for exploring the upper reaches of the canyon or climbing the ridge north and dropping down to return to the main trail, which can increase the overall mileage of this hike. Otherwise, retrace your steps on the return hike.

Big Spring Trail Map

On the way back from the spring, go over the rise to the east leading to the upper area of the middle fork of Tubb Canyon for a great view down the canyon and into Borrego Valley, about 2500 feet below.

Because this trail is at a higher elevation, it can comfortably be hiked late into the desert season, especially in the early morning or late afternoon. Like any other desert trail, be sure to carry water, wear a hat, and use sunscreen.

Big Spring Hike

Hiking length: 2 miles out and back.

Difficulty: Easy. Elevation gain/loss 200 feet. Bicycles and dogs not allowed. No facilities.

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