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.
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
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.
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.
about this site.
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.