Exploring Mountain Palm Springs Canyon in the Anza Borrego Desert

mountain palm springs canyon landscape photography
Palms, Ocotillo and Barrel Cacti are primarily seen in Mountain Palm Springs Canyon
In the heart of Anza Borrego Desert Reserve are the oases giving palm trees a life in the midst of harsh surroundings.  Mountain Palm Springs is one such oasis.  In my digital explorations using Google satellite images, it appeared that several small oases are interspersed throughout these canyons.  I came for sunrise and early morning photography (they face the east) and found small paths leading over the hills of one canyon into another adjacent canyon.  These hills are not very high so climbing to the top and then discovering another oasis in the desert was kind-of fun.  This is a delightful and easy place to explore.  (It made me feel like a Victorian-era explorer.)  I could have stayed a lot longer but had some other adventures planned this day.

There is a small BLM-style campground with plenty of room here.  You'll be totally alone with nature.  When I visited in early February, the temperatures were perfect for hiking.  Enjoy some photograph from this wonderful landscape.  
southwest america palm tree oasis
Boulder and Oasis
barrel cactus with palm trees
Cactus Trio
ocotillo cactus at mountian palm springs canyon
Wiry Ocotillo branches stretch up
towards the morning sky

Gordon's hike rating:
Hike Difficulty:                   ★★★ Moderate
Trail Condition:                   ★★★ Good
Trail Hazards:                      ★★ Moderate:  cacti
Trailhead:                             Mountain Palm Springs campground
Time Required:                     2 hours
Distance round trip:              2 - 3 miles
Off the Beaten Path:             ★★★★★ Yes, 5 Stars
Scenery:                                ★★★ Great, 3 Stars
Photographic Potential:        ★★★ Great, 3 Stars

Fonts Point: Sunset over Anza Borrego Badlands

sunset view over anza borrego fonts point
Spectacular Sunset at Font's Point
Fonts Point at Anza Borrego Desert is the must visit location in this region.  The views stretch all the way into Mexico and the Borrego Badlands form hundreds if not thousands of canyons that are woven together in the most beautiful natural landscape.  It is easy to drive here on the dirt road.  Step out of your car and Boom! you are there.

The great thing about fonts point is that it is just not one location.  You can walk along the edge for miles in every direction.  I spent quite a bit of time walking in one direction and then I would come all the way back and go in the other direction because the views are amazing everywhere.

Remember to stay after the sun goes down because the light becomes a dark glow on the land.  This is one of the better sunset locations I have visited in my life!  It should not be missed.
Fonts point canyon
Looking down a Canyon
Fonts point Badlands
Twisted Ridges descend hundreds of feet
HDR sunset at fonts point
Great Sunset view from Fonts Point
Anza Borrego Dusk from Fonts Point
Dark Glow over the Anza Borrego Badlands