Palm Canyon Trail in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

We took a day to visit Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California’s largest state park, and part of the Colorado Desert.  We entered the park through the charming kitschy desert town of Borrego Springs, headed for the Palm Canyon Trail.    

This place is COOL! The trail starts from the campground near the park visitor center.  (I wish we had spent some time camping here – what a cool campground!  There were little shelters built over the picnic tables, and the flush toilets were open-air, with just some stacked rock walls around them, but no roof or closing doors.)

The trail slowly rose through a long canyon between rocky steep hillsides that were supposedly covered in mountain sheep, but we never saw any.  

There was a stream with water trickling through the canyon, providing a much-needed water source for the sheep and other critters around the canyon. We crossed it several times.

     

The destination of this hike was a California Fan Palm oasis up the canyon. It was extraordinary!

        

We had lunch on the way down, in the shade.

   

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