Welcome to Borrego Springs
Smack in the middle of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park lies the unpretentious town of Borrego Springs, population 3,429. It’s the only California town that is completely surrounded by a state park, and that’s just one bullet point in its list of bragging rights. It’s also an official International Dark Sky Community—the first and only one in California — dedicated to protecting the night sky from light pollution. Backyard stargazing parties happen almost every night. Then there’s the ruby red grapefruit season, which begins in late December and ends when all the grapefruit are eaten. Some local fruit stands are run on the honor system: pick up a bag and place your money in the box. The downtown area has a passel of ice cream shops, restaurants, and lodgings, but the local art scene evokes the most community pride.
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Borrego Springs and its metal sculptures
In 2008 local philanthropist Dennis Avery commissioned sculptor Ricardo Breceda to create these metal artworks on his desert property known as Galleta Meadows. And somehow, the creatures seem to have multiplied around town. Today, there are 130 unique sculptures to be found, including dragons, saber-tooth tigers, raptors, camels, mammoths…you name it really.
A map with the GPS locations of all the sculptures is available at the Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association desert store, which is one block west of downtown’s Christmas Circle.
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
The largest state park in California, Anza-Borrego comprises a staggering 640,000 acres of land punctuated with hiking trails, canyons, palm groves and viewpoints. Pick up information on trails and road conditions at the visitor center in lonely and wind-buffeted Borrego Springs, the park’s commercial hub.
Drive the scenic Montezuma Valley Road
Where to stay in Borrego Springs
La Casa del Zorro Desert Resort & Spa
Featuring a furnished balcony or patio with pool or garden views, each room provides a fireplace, luxury duvet linens and free spa toiletries in the private bathroom. A flat-screen TV and a dressing area are also provided in rooms at La Casa del Zorro. Wood shutter window dressings block out the sun in all rooms.
Four-wheel desert tours, life size chess games and a croquet court are just some of the activities available for La Casa del Zorro guests’ to enjoy. The Pool Bar serves refreshing drinks poolside.
The Butterfield Room features outdoor dining on the Rose Garden Terrace. The Fox Den Bar is on site.
Hiking trails among Native American rock art sites, wildflowers and desert paths are nearby. The Plaza Shopping Center is less than 6.2 mi away from La Casa del Zorro.
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