Up until last month, I had never even heard of Borrego Springs. I was chatting with a friend about how I wanted to go on a lil getaway to a California city I'd never been before, when he mentioned this darling desert town. Just a 3 hour drive from LA and surrounded by the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, it was just the change of scenery Eddie and I were looking for. With a population of under 4,000 people, this small town has no big chains and is California's first Dark Sky Community, which means it's dedicated to protecting the night sky from light pollution. Star gazer heaven! While we did a lot of relaxing at our amazing hotel, we also ventured out to explore our surroundings. Come take a look at some of our adventures!
One of the coolest parts of Borrego Springs is the amaze sculptures by Ricardo Breceda. There's over 100 springkled around town! So much fun driving around trying to spot 'em all.
Loved stumbling on this beautiful orange orchard in the middle of the dez. There were lots of really cute lil fruit stands along the side of the road on our way to Borrego Springs too.
Fredericks Trading Post
This shop stole my heart! Such amaze pieces here, from indigenous artifacts, to outdoor art and sculptures, and of course lots of gorge desert plants - all for a seriously affordable price. I got crystals here for just 1 buck a pop! Yas plz.
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
As you may already know, I am not athletic. Other than zero incline bike riding, walking up and down Abbot Kinney Blvd for shopping purposes, or dancing the night away, I really really do NOT like exerting energy - slothy me! But every now and then I'll agree to a relatively easy hike, especially when there's a beautiful photo opp at the end of it. Borrego Palm Canyon Trail is one of those hikes. About 3 miles total and relatively level except for some rocky/hilly parts, the payoff is the gorgeous palm oasis that awaits you in the desert canyon.
We even saw a pair of Bighorn Sheep on our hike back! Can you spot them in the pic above? They blend in so well it's hard to see, but it was such a magical experience to catch them out in the wild. Eddie and I stopped in our tracks to watch, they were so peaceful and majestic. Loved hearing their hooves click on the rocks too.
Eddie and I loved our time in this dreamy desert town, and I can't wait till our next visit. Have you ever been? What are some of your fave things to do here? Any other small town recommendations for us to visit next? I'd love to hear your recs, let me know in the comments!