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Beautiful Clouds at Sunrise

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Atmospheric rivers produce amazing clouds!

Sunrise photo by Jan Auburn

Suggested Outing: Coyote Canyon

Verbena & flowing water in Coyote Canyon. Photos by Don Chism.

Coyote Canyon is a great place to explore, especially right now with the wildflowers in full bloom! It's a short & easy trip from town. The mileage listed below is from the end of the pavement.

Things to do in Coyote Canyon:

  • Check out the interpretative panels at the entrance to Coyote Canyon (mile 0).
  • View and walk through the beautiful flower fields (1st mile or so as you drive in).
  • Hike up to Alcoholic Pass (mile 2.4).
  • Enjoy a nice picnic & hike the loop trail at Desert Gardens (mile 3.1).
  • Drive past Desert Gardens to see lots of ocotillo & cactus - both should be starting to bloom soon.
  • Hike the Lower Willows Loop trail - the parking area is just before the third crossing (mile 5.6)
  • Drive up Boulder Alley (mile 6), a very steep and rocky jeep road, which leads you up the hill to Collins Valley, Sheep Canyon, Cougar Canyon and Indian Canyon
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Left: Dune evening primrose & verbena in Coyote Canyon by Gerry Hogervorst.

Right: Verbena & Desert sunflowers on DiGiorgio Road near Coyote Canyon

by Scott Burnham.

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How to get there:

From Christmas Circle, drive east on Palm Canyon Drive for 0.5 miles, turn left (north) on DiGiorgio Road, and drive 4.7 miles to the end of the pavement. You can park here at the interpretative panels or drive straight ahead on the dirt road. 2WD is OK to Desert Gardens, but high clearance 4WD is strongly recommended beyond that. There are three water crossings (3.5, 5 and 5.6 miles past the pavement) that will likely have water due to the recent rains - exercise caution as you drive through these.

Yes, flowers are STILL blooming here!

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Wolf cholla cactus near Jojoba Wash by David Swanson.

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Fishhook cactus on Cactus Loop Trail by Jim Van Matre.

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Beavertail cactus in Carrizo Wash by Marc Shrader.

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Desert lily at Henderson Canyon Road by Ehny Faye Patterson.

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Five spot near Lycium Wash by Allison Helm.

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Poppies in Little Surprise Canyon by Scott Burnham.

To download flower maps and to see what's blooming where,

go to BorregoBlooms.org!

Flower Maps

Hawk Watch Update

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Swainson's hawk photos by Alicia Wszelaki.

The 2023 Borrego Valley Hawk Watch is still underway!

Each year, Swainson's Hawks migrate over 6000 miles from Argentina to their breeding grounds up north. Lucky for us, Borrego Springs is on their route! A dedicated team of volunteers ("citizen scientists") watch for hawks in the morning and again in the early evening at designated spots. 

On the morning of March 12, more than 1000 hawks were spotted! Stay tuned to see what the final hawk counts when the Hawkwatch concludes in early April.

More Info

Search for "Borrego Springs Hawk Watch" on Facebook or Instagram to get the latest updates!

Upcoming Programs & Hikes

Click on each graphic below for more information about the program and how to register.

All of the programs below are in-person lectures in the ABDNHA Library

unless otherwise specified.

Nonmembers $12, Members $10, Volunteers $8, Lifetime Members Free

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at the Performing Arts Center!

Fri, Mar 24, 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

At the Borrego Springs Performing Arts Center, 590 Palm Canyon Drive

Nonmembers $10 at the door, ABDNHA Members Free

Reservations not necessary. Seating is first come, first serve.

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West Truckhaven Wash

Wed, Mar 22, 8:30 am

Rainbow Canyon

Thurs, Mar 23, 8:00 am

Pam's Ambles

Fri, Mar 24, 8:30 am

Rainbow Canyon/

Box Canyon Loop

Tues, Apr 4, 8:00 am

Full Moon Walk:

South Palm Wash

Tues, Apr 4, 7:30 pm

Pena Spring

Thurs, Apr 6, 8:30 am

Eagle Rock

Sat, Apr 8, 8:30 am

Hornblende Canyon

Thurs, Apr 13, 8:00 am

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Friendly Friday Bike Rides

Every Friday, 10:00 am

Nature Journaling with Pat & Pam

Tues, Mar 21, 9:00 am

Borrego Rock & Gem Club Meeting

Wed, Mar 22, 2:00 pm

4WD Trip: Dos Cabezas Railroad Station & Indian Hill Area

Sun Mar 26, 9:00 am

Stargazing: The Galaxies of the Great Bear, Ursa Major!

Sun, Mar 26, 7:30 pm

Borrego Rock & Gem Field Trip

Wed, Apr 12, 9:00 am

Stargazing: The Virgo Supercluster of Galaxies

Sun, Apr 15, 7:30 pm

Borrego Rock & Gem Club Meeting

Wed, Apr 26, 2:00 pm

View All Activities
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Borrego Events

Check BorregoEvents.com to see ALL the activities going on in Borrego, such as the first annual Borrego Springs Music Festival during the weekend of March 24-26!

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Start your desert adventure at ABDNHA's

Borrego Desert Nature Center!

Guidebooks, Maps, Southwest Fiction, Shirts, Hats, Gifts, Jewelry, Local Artwork, Children's Section,

and ideas for day trips and sightseeing

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Need help identifying wildflowers?

We recommend these excellent wildflower guides!

Click on items below to shop

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ABDNHA Members receive 15% off purchases!

Borrego Desert Nature Center

652 Palm Canyon Drive, Borrego Springs, CA


Just west of Carlee's

Hours: Mon-Sat 9-5, Sun 10-4

Your purchases support ABDNHA's programs & services throughout the year. Thank you for your support!

Visit our Online Desert Store

Shop at home and pick up in the Nature Center to save on shipping!

Birds & Blooms Garden Shop

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Birds & Blooms Closing on April 8!

Stock up on bird seed while you can!

(not available online - purchase at Birds & Blooms)

Borrego's Best Bird Seed

5, 10, 25 or 50 lbs


Scratch Bird Seed

10 or 25 lbs

Nyjer Bird Seed

2, 5, or 20 lbs


California Finch Mix

10 or 20 lbs

No Waste Bird Seed

20 lbs



1, 2.5 or 5 lbs

Birds & Blooms Garden Shop

Specializing in "Borrego's Best" Bird Seed and Feeders!

652 Palm Canyon Drive, Borrego Springs, CA


Adjacent to the ABDNHA Garden, just west of Carlee's Restaurant

Hours: Thurs-Sat 10-3:30

Visit Birds & Blooms Online


and Make the Desert a Part of Your Life!

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Join ABDNHA and support an award-winning non-profit 501(c)3 nature educational organization dedicated to interpreting and preserving the Anza-Borrego Desert.

As a member, you can enjoy all of the great benefits below:

  • Stay informed about the desert and activities
  • The Sand Paper Newsletter - 5 per year
  • 15% discount at Nature Center and Birds & Blooms Garden Shop!
  • Special member appreciation events
  • Calendar of activities & reduced price on lectures, hikes, & field trips
  • Friendship & camaraderie with other desert lovers, and have a great time
  • Support of nature education & desert conservation

Join or give a gift membership anytime throughout the year!

Membership is for 12 months from the month you join.

Join ABDNHA and make the desert a part of your life!

Join or Renew Now
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Welcome our newest Business Member, i-bike borrego!

Website: i-bikeborrego.com; Email: [email protected]; Phone: 619-249-8429

Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association (ABDNHA, pronounced

"AB-NA") is an award-winning, community based, educational non-profit 501c3 organization, founded in 1971.

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ABDNHA's Mission:

Enhance the understanding, appreciation, enjoyment, and conservation of the

Anza-Borrego Desert and

surrounding area.

We invite you to join ABDNHA 

and make the desert a part of your life!

ABDNHA offers information to visitors and programs to enrich the lives of those who live in and visit the community of Borrego Springs. We sponsor approximately 150 hikes, rides, lectures, tours, special events, and educational programs each year, and we lead conservation and citizen-science programs, including the Borrego Dark Sky Coalition and the Borrego Valley Hawk Watch.