Ever wonder what a 300-foot-long metal serpent might look like? With a little desert wanderin’ you won’t have to wonder a minute longer. This open-air art gallery has 130 freestanding metal sculptures spread over 1,500 acres of darn nice undeveloped desert land. To explore it, you’ll want a car that can handle dusty desert roads, and you’ll need a healthy supply of water too.
In an International Dark Sky Community, it doesn’t take a whole lot of work to see a heck of a lot of stars. But high-falutin telescopes and expert advice sure can help make sense of it all. Dennis Mammana is a renowned local astronomer who helps folks get to know the cosmos. Which may be why his personalized tours have become the star of a whole lot of folks’ trips.
‘Round here, there are some real strange-lookin’ plants. And if you want to know what some of ‘em are, this trail right here is basically an open-air classroom. With a downloadable guide and trail markers along the way, this easy .7-mile loop will show you the difference between a barrel cactus and a brittle bush. But make sure to bring your water and your sunblock, because the shade there is mighty scarce.
While there are countless 4WD routes ‘round here, our absolute favorite is Fonts Point. With a four-mile drive and a five-minute walk, you’ll get sweepin’ views of Anza-Borrego’s badlands that stretch all the way to the Salton Sea. In fact, some say it’s the best sunset spot in all of Southern California. And if you don’t have a 4WD vehicle, forgin’ your way on foot is always an option too.
If you’re the kind of person who likes drivin’, chippin’ and puttin’, then this country club will give you a perfect way to spend your day. With 18 holes and a friendly atmosphere, its par-72 course will deliver some real fun competition. And with a history of hostin’ folks like Marilyn Monroe, Bing Cosby and John Wayne, its clubhouse will serve up a right nice Arnold Palmer and a taste of the past too.
If you’re lucky enough to be here during a superbloom, you’d be well advised to shake a leg and go see some of those blossoms. This moderate 2.6-mile trail right here has got one of the largest palm oases in all of California. And more often than not it’s one of the best places to see the superbloom too. Packin’ plenty of water is always a good idea. And gettin’ an early start usually is too.