Spring is the perfect time to visit the Southern California desert, when temperatures are pleasant and wildlife is active. The Oasis Hike in Borrego Springs is a few hours drive from San Diego and feels a world away. This is a family friendly 3-mile trail with a mellow incline. You hike along a stream and sometimes cross over it, ultimately reaching an actual dessert oasis of palm trees and waterfalls at the top.
The boulders towards the top of the trail allow for rock scrambling as shown in the video. Our group had kids ages 5 through 11 who loved the hike. On this particular day, we lucked out with a sighting of over a dozen long horned sheep. In the video, I catch the herd running away, probably because our kids were fighting.
A visit to Borrego Springs wouldn't be complete without a drive on the sand dunes at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Although compared to everyone else is their dune buggies and razors, I feel like we're driving an RV on ski slopes.
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Anna Fleming, the Curly Vagabond, roams like a local, searching for adventure, tasty cuisine and the best craft beer; all with a sense of humor and a budget any working stiff could appreciate. Home base is Oceanside, CA in North San Diego County.