Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association :
Things to do in Borrego Springs
ABDNHA conducts approximately 150 desert walks, hikes, lectures, tours,
guided trips, Desert 4WD, desert flower programs, stargazing, and other
activities during the October to April desert season. Many of our programs are free of charge to the general public and other
programs have modest fees
Some of our programs allow online registration - see individual program
listings below. You may also register for all programs by visiting the
ABDNHA Desert Nature Center, 652 Palm Canyon Drive, one block west of
Christmas Circle. You may also register by phone: 760-767-3098.
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Desert Tours and Hikes
vehicle in good operating condition with a full tank of gas. Know if 4WD is
All hikes and walks require good closed-toed
hiking shoes, and drinking water. Hat, sunglasses,
sunscreen, energy snacks are strongly recommended.
A hiking pole is also recommended. See hike
descriptions as some hikes require hiking poles.
your physical condition. All hikes are going to
require walking on uneven ground. Some hikes will
involve elevation gain, bouldering, etc. Read the hike
descriptions and only go on hikes you feel you are prepared
someone where you are going and when you will return.
members support the educational work of the Anza-Borrego Desert
Natural History Association and provide tourism services in
Their support is appreciated.
590 Palm Canyon Drive
590 Palm Canyon Drive
Apr. 7, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
ABDNHA Weekly Bird Walk
Leader: David Lasley, ABDNHA Volunteer
know more about the birds you see in Borrego Springs and throughout
Anza-Borrego? Join David Lasley and explore some of the best birding
locations in Borrego Springs. Beginners and advanced birders are all
welcome. Meet at 8 a.m. at the south end of Marker, south of Tilting T
opposite the entrance to Borrego Springs Resort. Bring binoculars, bird
book, water, walking shoes. Call ABDNHA Nature Center 760-767-3098 to
register. ABDNHA members and volunteers: no charge; Nonmembers: $5
donation requested. Repeats on Thursdays.
Apr. 8, Fri., 10 a.m. – Noon
Weekly Bike Ride
Leader: Larry Gilstrap, ABDNHA Volunteer
No charge for this social biking tour of the Borrego Valley, 12-20
miles. Meet at Bike Borrego on the south side of The Mall. Please
reserve your place by calling us at the Nature Center at 760-767-3098.
ABDNHA 44th Desert Lecture Series
limited, and on a first-come, first-served basis.
No charge for
ABDNHA Members; $10 at the door for non-members, or we invite you to
Friday. 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m
Tides: Pulses Across the Universe
Speaker: Astronomer & Geologist David K. Lynch, Ph. D
are tides and why do we have them? Have tides affected the creation of
life? Do other planets have tides? Why do some places have two high
tides each day, and other have only one? Where are the largest tides in
the world? The smallest? Do lakes have tides? What do Saturn's Rings
have to do with tides? What do we know about tidal forces in other
places in the Universe? If we dropped something into a Black Hole, what
would happen? These and many other aspects of tides in the Universe will
Apr. 9, Sat., Borrego Rock and Gem Club (BRAG) Field Trip
email@example.com for details.
Apr. 9, Sat., 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Program: The San Andreas
Speaker: David K. Lynch, Ph. D
What is the San Andreas Fault? Where
is it? How can I see? What does it do to the landscape? Will an
earthquake make California fall into the ocean? What risks does it pose?
Should I worry about it? What towns lie on the fault? When is the "big
one" coming? These any many other questions about the infamous San
Andreas Fault will be discussed in an all color presentation. Topics
covered include plate tectonics, continental drift, fault activity, the
origin of volcanoes, the geologic future of California and much more.
David Lynch’s latest book is “Field Guide to the San Andreas Fault,” is
available at the Nature Center and for signing at this program. Space
limited, at the Nature Center Library. Call Nature Center to reserve. NM
$12; M $10; V $7.
Apr 10, Sun., 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Field Trip: The San Andreas
Fault Salton Sea Geothermal Field and the Salton Buttes
Leader: David K. Lynch, Ph. D
See related activity on April
9. We will spend all day (approx. 100 miles) visiting a number of
geological features related to the San Andreas Fault. This will include
the Salton Buttes volcanoes, geothermal mud pots and mud volcanoes, and
finally Salt Creek where we will be able to see and actually stand on
the San Andreas Fault. Along the way will we will see breathtaking views
of the Salton Sea and migratory birds. This tour will involve leisurely
drives - some on well graded dirt roads - and light walking. No 4WD or
serious hiking is required. Meet at the Nature center. David Lynch
(PhD Astronomy) is an infrared astronomer and remote sensing specialist
at the Aerospace Corporation. His major fields of research include the
infrared solar system astronomy, galactic physics, atmospheric optics,
and image analysis. Dave also does geological research and currently
is with the USGS. He has published over 150 scientific papers and 10
books. Call the Nature Center to reserve. NM $25; M $20; V $18.
Sunday, April 10, 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Hike: Redman Mine
Leaders: Sanjiv Nanda and Paul Larson
hike to a 100 year old gold mine (c. 1905) Well-maintained trail climbs
steadily on the south face of Granite mountain with fabulous views to
the east and south. Not so common hedgehog cactus is pervasive. We will
visit mine entrances and many artifacts. Moderately strenuous 3.5 mile
round trip hike with 1000 ft. of elevation gain. 4WD/high clearance
preferred. Meet at ABDNHA from where we will carpool.
Apr. 11, Mon.
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Hike: Deep in the Badlands
Leader: Dave Duncan
Explore the inner reaches of the Vallecito Badlands, slot
canyons, mud arches, and fantastic overlooks. This is an easy to
moderate hike, some crawling around is required arches where the wash is
narrow, 2.5 miles total . High clearance is essential, 4WD is recommended. We meet at
Apr. 13, Wed.
Borrego Rock & Gem Club Field Trip:
Apr. 14, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
ABDNHA Weekly Bird Walk
Larry Gilstrap, ABDNHA Volunteer
Want to know more about the birds
you see in Borrego Springs and throughout Anza-Borrego? Join Larry and
explore some of the best birding locations in Borrego Springs. Beginners
and advanced birders are all welcome. Meet at 8 a.m. at the south end
of Marker, south of Tilting T opposite the entrance to Borrego Springs
Resort. Bring binoculars, bird book, water, walking shoes. Call ABDNHA
Nature Center 760-767-3098 to register. ABDNHA members and volunteers:
no charge; Non-members: $5 donation requested.
Apr. 15, Fri., 10 a.m. – Noon
ABDNHA Weekly Bike Ride
Leader: Larry Gilstrap
No charge for this social biking
tour of the Borrego Valley, 12-20 miles. Meet at Bike Borrego on the
south side of The Mall. Please reserve your place by calling us at the
Nature Center at 760-767-3098.
Apr. 16, Sat. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Hike: Lake Morena Butte
Leader: Marilyn Moskowitz, ABDNHA Volunteer
You will feel
like you are on the top of the world! Great views await you; on a clear
day you can see to the ocean. This is a moderately strenuous 8.8 mile
hike, starting at elevation 2,400 and ascending approximately 1,900
feet. We climb through beautiful vegetation, wildflowers, and rock
formations. Meeting point for this hike is at the trailhead at the
entrance to Lake Morena County Park, in southern San Diego County. If
you carpool from ABDNHA, plan to leave Borrego Springs at 7:15 a.m.
From Borrego Springs take 78 west to 79, then south on 78 to I-8. East
on I-8, Exit on Buckman Springs Road, go south 7 miles to Oak Drive,
then west 2 miles to Lake Morena Drive, straight to the park entrance.
You will need sun protection, snacks, lunch, and plenty of water. No
charge. Call us to reserve: 760-767-3098.
Apr. 21, Thu., 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Full Moon Nighttime
Walk: South Palm Wash
Leader: Mike McElhatton,
Experience the unique and serene beauty of
moonlight on the canyon walls as we take an easy one-mile walk through
South Palm Wash. Meet at the ABDNHA office and carpool from there. 4WD
is necessary for a short 1/10th mile off-highway-segment into the wash.
Anyone without 4WD can catch a ride for that section. Bring a
flashlight, water, and good hiking shoes. Dress for the weather. Limited
to 15 people. Activity cancels with thick cloud cover or high wind. No
charge; call to reserve.
Apr. 23, Sat., 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Hike: PCT Warner Springs
Leader: Joan Malone, ABDNHA Volunteer
An approximate 5
mile hike from Warner Springs Fire Station along a portion of the PCT
west of Highway 79. Bring water, snack/lunch and wear good hiking shoes.
Meet across the highway from Warner Springs Fire Station. No charge.
Call the Nature Center to reserve.
Apr. 27, Wed., 2 p.m.
Borrego Rock & Gem Club (BRAG)
Meeting of the local rock and gem club. Open to everyone.
Meet at ABDNHA.
Apr. 27, Wed., 2 p.m. Borrego Rock and Gem Club (BRAG) meeting
Meeting of the local rock and gem club Meeting is open to
everyone. Meet at ABDNHA.
Apr. 30, Sat., 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
4WD Trip: Coyote Canyon II, To
the end of the trail 4wd trip.
Leader: Ed Pollock, ABDNHA Volunteer
A challenging drive to the end of the trail in Coyote Canyon. After a
desert drive this trip could involve three stream crossings, water has
been low this year. We will proceed up a rocky boulder strewn path
called the Bypass Road, From there the trail will continue following
Collins Valley past Middle Willows. The trail, ever changeable, becomes
a rocky and technical drive to the gated end. At that point we will
have lunch and time to wander around a nearby little known Indian
village site. The return trip will follow the same route back to
Borrego valley. Approximately a 50 mile round trip. Due to the terrain
and driving challenge, this trip is restricted to 4wd Jeep type
vehicles. Crossover 4w or all wheel SUV vehicles are not suitable due
to low clearance and potential body damage. Long wheel base pickups
would be at the discretion and skill of the driver but not recommended.
We have never had a big problem on this drive but the possibility is
certainly there. Bring a full tank of fuel, good tires and ensure
vehicle is in good working condition. Camp chair, lunch, camera and
other similar items as desired. Trip will cancel in the unlikely event
of heavy rain.
May 7, Sat., 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Hike: Volcan Mountain via Five Oaks
Leaders: Volunteers Urmi Ray and Sanjiv Nanda
Getting hot in the desert? Join us in the nearby mountains for a hike in
the Julian area. This hike is a moderately strenuous 6 miles round trip
with a fairly steep climb and an elevation gain of 1,500 feet with
amazing 360 degree views from the peak. Meet at 9 a.m. at the trailhead.
Trailhead parking is limited. Trailhead is on Farmer Road, just off
Wynola Road. Take Route 78 up Banner Grade. Right on Wynola Road. Right
on Farmer Road. Bring lunch, water, and dress appropriately; it can be
cool and windy. Wear sturdy hiking boots. No charge. Call the Nature
Center to reserve, 760-767-3098.
May 11, Wed.
Borrego Rock & Gem Club Field Trip:
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May 21, Sat., 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunset & Moonrise at Font’s Point
Leader: Mike McElhatton, ABDNHA Education Director
ABDNHA end-of-season tradition! Bring your favorite beverage and snack
to share, plus a comfortable chair, to Font’s Point to watch the sun go
down and the moon come up. The full moon rises 19 minutes after the sun
goes down. 4WD advised. We will carpool from ABDNHA, leaving at 6:45
p.m. allowing lots of time to settle in when we get there. No charge,
call Nature Center to reserve, 1-760-767-3098.