This venture is a two day off road excursion to Southern California’s southern most desert biome, the Anza Borrego Desert. In and around the town of Borrego Springs, there are 130 steel sculptures scattered across the region. There, you will find everything from pre historic creatures to giant insects to an actual jeep made of steel which have rusted over the years.
After some good time spent hunting for sculptures, we will meet up at the trailhead to Coyote Canyon and make the 13 mile trek to camp through creeks and a very rocky bypass into Collin’s Valley to set up for camp. Night photography is amazing in that area as there is little light pollution. The next morning after breakfast, we will make our way to Julian for an excellent lunch with their famous Apple Pie if you can spare the room. Along the way we will stop at a valley where the Occotillo Plants Thrive by the hundreds.
- There is a maximum occupancy of 20 people for this Venture.
There will be very little hiking on this trip, however there will be plenty of Off Road opportunities. You will definitely need a 4×4 vehicle with high clearance and some decent experience navigating a Trail Rating of 6. You will have help as we will do our best to make sure that you can clear the bypass. I drive a Dodge Ram 2500 Megacab 4×4 Diesel with a 4.5 inch lift and 35″ Tires and I still manage to clear the bypass without much issue.
If you have any other questions about this trail, send me a message through my contact page.
Collin’s Valley is a large area where you can get a lot of Off Road time in and there are a few Oasis littered about the area that you can visit. It’s important to know your limits because this area can easily reach the triple digits and hydration must always be number one. If you plan to venture out on a hike, please let the Venture leader know so that we don’t think you went missing. It’s also good practice to take a partner with you and most importantly, keep an eye out for rattlers in the spring and summer months! They are out there and they blend in very well.
In regards to temperature, The area can reach Summer averages of 108ºF (42.2ºC) and during the Winter, the temperatures can reach an average low of 47ºF (8.3ºC).