View Attractions Related to: Borrego Springs / Northern Desert

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Borrego Springs

Location: Borrego Springs is surrounded by the Anza-Borrego Desert (93 Miles/ 2 Hours East of San Diego Coastal Areas)

When to Visit: October through May

Features: Desert Town Providing Hospitality to Guests of the Anza-Borrego Desert; Includes Resorts, Spas, Stargazing, Adventure Activities, Life-Size Pre-Historic Animals, and Cultural Events.

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Location: Anza-Borrego Desert (Visitor Center is 93 Miles/ 2 Hours from the Coastal Areas of San Diego)

Visitor Center Hours: 9AM – 5PM; Thursday through Monday From October to May; Weekends from June to September.

Cost: Free (Except for $6 per day parking at 3 Campgrounds)

Features: Sonoran Desert Meets the Peninsular Mountain Ranges Creating the Most Diverse Desert Landscape in the World and offering Hiking, Camping, Horseback Riding, Desert Wildflower Viewing, Stargazing, and Geological Exploration.

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Borrego Badlands & Fonts Point

Location: Anza-Borrego Desert (100 Miles / 2.25 Hours East of San Diego Coastal Areas)

Best Time to Visit: September – May

Cost: None

Features: Spectacular Scenic Vistas; Hiking

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Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area

Location: Ocotillo Wells (93 Miles/ 2 Hours from the Coastal Areas of San Diego)

Open Daily: Open Year-Round (October – May are the Main Months)

Cost: Free

Features: Desert Playground for Off-Road Vehicle Enthusiasts

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Desert Adventures

Location: Borrego Springs (93 Miles/ 2 Hours East of San Diego Coastal Areas)

Time: Most Events Take Place Between October and May

Cost: Starts at $55 per Event.

Features: Desert Jeep Tours; Group Tours on Military Transport Vehicles; Astronomy Nights; Ghosts & Legends; Wine Tasting; Customized Tours

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Astronomy in San Diego County

The San Diego Mountains and Desert provide one of the best places in the world to get a clear view of the night sky. Good weather patterns help to limit atmospheric distortion while the remote location and support of nearby communities to keep lights dim provides the darkness needed to create a stargazer’s paradise.

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Cycling in the San Diego Mountains and Desert

Location: Julian (62 Miles / 1.25 Hours Northeast of Downtown San Diego); Borrego Springs (93 Miles / 2 Hours Northeast of Downtown San Diego); Palomar Mountain via Lake Henshaw (62 Miles / 1.25 Hours Northeast of Downtown San Diego).

Time: Cycling Events Take Place at Various Times During the Year

Cost: Starts at $49 per Event.

Features: Go Cycling or Mountain Biking in San Diego’s Desert and Mountains. Rides Range from 11 miles to 100 miles.

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General Aviation Airports

San Diego offers a number of airports for private plane travel. Below, you will find general location information, Google Maps, and web site links for each of the airports.

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