Gold in the Anza-Borrego Desert

Peg Leg’s Gold Nuggets – Real or Imaginary? Thomas ‘Pegleg’ Smith was a real person. That much is true. He was one of the most famous trappers and prospectors of the mid-1800s and known to be a teller of tall-tales. The legend began when Pegleg was transporting a load of pelts down the Colorado River … Continued

Hike the Cleveland National Forest in Autumn

If the harsh beauty of the desert has you pining for mountain breezes or a glimpse of the ocean’s pounding surf, yearn no more. Just hop in the car and drive a mere 33 miles west of Borrego Springs on Montezuma Valley Road to the entrance of the Cleveland National Forest. Sunset Trail Leashed dogs … Continued

Pupfish in the Anza-Borrego Desert

Can you believe it? Frisky little fish live in the desert! Related to the minnow, pupfish live in the most extreme desert environments, enduring cold and heat that would send human beings back to the comforts of their RVs.   A Fish Named Pup Late summer through the fall is mating season in pupfish-land. Carl … Continued

California Wildfires

“It’s a very rare occasion that we get a California wildfire anywhere near the valley floor let alone, on it,” said local resident ‘Lone Ranger’ of a lightning strike that ignited a stand of old palm trees on August 21, 2014. When wildfires happen at all, palm trees seem to be the preferred target. In … Continued

The Perseids Meteor Shower of 2021

Good news for devoted sky watchers! The Star Parties are back… just in time for the peak display of the Perseids Meteor Shower just before midnight on August 11. And it will be the brightest for years! Perseids Meteor Shower   How to Watch the Meteor Shower Luckily for you, the only ‘equipment’ you need … Continued

Art in the Desert

The Summer Show at The Art Institute of Borrego Gallery Now through Sept. 26, 2021 Figurative works, sculpture, abstract paintings, photography, and art of all subject matter and mediums make up this diversified, and enjoyable Summer Show. The exciting display constantly rotates to afford repeat visitors fresh new views of the California art scene. Open … Continued

Make Ratatouille with Herbs from Julian Farmer’s Market

Whether preparing a meal indoors in your RV kitchen or outdoors over the grill or campfire, cooking without herbs would be nutritious, but dull. Wynola Flats Produce in nearby Julian makes sure your every meal is exciting with fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Current herb offerings include fresh oregano, fresh rosemary, and fresh thyme. Chefs … Continued

Things Named Chuck

Chuck Roast, Chuck Taylors, and Chuckwallas! The first two you know, but what’s a chuckwalla? Pack yourself a couple of sandwiches from last night’s leftover chuck roast, put those Chuck Taylor sneakers on your feet, and head out into the Anza-Borrego Desert to find chuckwallas. Just like many modern people, chuckwallas are vegans. They graze … Continued

A Dream on Ghost Mountain

Ghost Mountain Hike the short, steep Ghost Mountain trail in the Anza-Borrego Desert to Yaquitepec, the ruins of the adobe home built by idealist writer Marshal South. He, his wife, and their three children lived there from 1930 to 1947 without electricity or running water. They lived simply by planting a vegetable garden, harvesting seeds … Continued

The 5 Top Rated Restaurants in Borrego Springs

Red Ocotillo ($$-$$$) Serving traditional American fare since 2005, Red Ocotillo uses an organic garden-to-table model harvesting some of its fresh veggies from the nearby garden. They serve Breakfast (7:30am – 11:00am) with items like Red Ocotillo Benedict (smoked salmon) and Crab Cake Benedict, along with more traditional items like Pancakes, French toast, and Biscuits … Continued

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