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Palm Canyon Resort - 4x4 Desert Oasis

Desert Oasis
Kevin McNulty | Writer
Posted February 6, 2007

Palm Canyon Resort

At least once a year most of us pack it up and head out on vacation. I'll bet that since you have this magazine in your hands, you will more than likely spend some, if not all, of your vacation four-wheeling. If you're thinking about escaping the frozen East Coast this winter or you just have a special affinity for America's southern deserts, then you might want to think about Palm Canyon Resort in Borrego Springs, California.

The resort is found in Anza-Borrego State Park in Southern California. Anza is the largest contiguous desert park in the United States and covers over 600,000 acres of the Colorado Desert. It is also the largest state park in California. The park boasts over 500 miles of dirt roads and trails. The trails vary in difficulty level from mild to challenging. All vehicles must be street-legal to travel off-highway in the park, and all vehicles must also stay on the designated trails.

Palm Canyon Resort is about two hours east of San Diego, and a little more than an hour south of Palm Springs. The resort is also about 30 miles west of the Salton Sea. This makes it a very comfortable place to stay during Tierra Del Sol's 45th Desert Safari this coming March 4 to 7, 2007.

With the character of an Old West town, Palm Canyon offers all the amenities of a luxury resort, including pools, Jacuzzis, clean, comfortable rooms, and an RV park. Many of the resort's rooms have scenic views of the surrounding desert. After a long day on the trail, it's a great place to relax and unwind. The resort's Hog Trough Caf & Saloon offers some of the best food and drink east of San Diego. The restaurant's homemade barbecue sauce is some of the best I have ever tasted.

The Colorado Desert in winter is cool and the air is crisp. In spring, the desert is usually the perfect temperature and the vegetation is in full bloom, making the trails all that much more enjoyable. No matter what time of year you visit, a billion stars light up the nighttime sky.

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