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Fly Sailplanes Above the Mountains and Desert

Location: Warner Springs (75 Miles / 1.5 Hours Northeast of Downtown San Diego)

Open Daily: 9AM – 5PM (Weekday reservations strongly recommended)

Cost: Rides start at $125 for 20 Minutes. ($160 for 2 people)

Features: Glide over the Mountains and Desert on a Sail Plane

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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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Glamis & The Imperial Sand Dunes

Location: Imperial Sand Dunes Recreational Area (150 Miles / 2.5 Hours East of Downtown San Diego)

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

Cost: $25 per Vehicle and Up. (See Fee Information Below.)

Features: World’s Most Popular Sand Dunes; Off-Roading; Hiking; Horseback Riding; Camping

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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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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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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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Agua Caliente – Desert Hot Springs

Location: Anza-Borrego Desert (94 Miles / 2 Hours East of Downtown San Diego)

Open Daily: 9:30 AM – 5PM from September 1 – May 31; Closed During Summer

Cost: $5 per Vehicle, Extra for Camping

Features: Indoor and Outdoor Mineral Hot Springs; 142 Camping Sites; County Park; Hiking; Scenic Vistas

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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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Carrizo Badlands

Location: Anza-Borrego Desert (102 Miles / 2 Hours East of Downtown San Diego)

Best Time to Visit: September – May

Cost: None

Features: Fossils over a Million Years Old; Caves; Hiking; Scenic Vistas
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