00 Points in your Exploring Guide if you take any of these interesting drives!

montezuma grade borrego springs by tchester

Scenic Drive : Montezuma Grade.  It is less than 15 miles from Borrego Springs to the small community of Ranchita following Highway S-22.  But you gain 3400 feet in elevation and pass through several different climate zones along the way.  The drive is actually most spectacular heading west, from Ranchita down to Borrego Springs.  The scenery is spectacular, with massive rock formations, rugged canyons, and a view of the Salton Sea.  The road is good, but keep your eyes on the road; there are many twists and turns along this route.

full moon rising over fonts point anza borrego desert

Scenic Drive : Fonts Point  Fonts point offers an incredible vista across the Borrego Badlands, an area of layered sediments from ancient streams deposited during the last 600,000 years and much older deposits, as old as four million years, from the ancestral Colorado River.  4 wheel drive is strongly recommended for the four miles of off-highway driving that lead to Fonts Point.  The route is not steep but there are sections of soft sand.

Scenic Drive : Erosion Road.  If you are interested in geology stop by the ABDNHA Nature Center, one block west of Christmas Circle, to pick up your free copy of this self-guiding brochure, as well as the brochure to the Narrows Earth Trail.   The Erosion road brochure will lead you on a self-guided auto tour along the Borrego-Salton Seaway, one of the most fascinating landscapes in the Anza-Borrego Desert.

morteros mine wash native americn site anza borrego Scenic Drive : Mine Wash Native American Village Site   The turnoff into Mine Wash is on the south side of Highway 78 about 3 miles east of the Tamarisk Grove Campground.   Many morteros are scatted among the large boulders.   4WD is not generally required for the route to the village site but high clearance is advised.  Read more about this site.

agua caliente park anza borrego Agua Caliente and Vallecito are San Diego County Parks about a 45 minute drive from Borrego Springs, along Highway S2.  Agua Caliente, with natural hot springs, has two beautiful outdoor swimming pools, an indoor hot pool, the Moonlight Canyon hiking trail, and lots of room for kids to play.  It's a great place for families.  Vallecito is a restored stage stop on the Butterfield Stage Line just a few miles from Agua Caliente. Both parks have nice picnic areas and campgrounds.