California’s Borrego Springs is such an ideal place to gaze at the stars that The Springs at Borrego RV Resort has created an Astronomy Park, where visitors look at the night sky through an 11-inch telescope with the guidance of renowned astronomers.
The Astronomy Park is just one of the many amenities that have earned The Springs at Borrego a perfect 10/10/10 rating from the Good Sam RV Travel Guide for the past five years. The resort includes a nine-hole golf course and driving range, tennis and pickle ball courts, hot mineral baths, a saltwater swimming pool, and a 1,000-seat amphitheater where entertainers such as the Kingston Trio perform. There’s even a pond where fisherman can catch and release bass, catfish and tilapia.
The resort is located in the heart of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, where besides miles of hiking, biking and jeep trails, the attractions include starry skies. The village of Borrego Springs is the only California location designated as an International Dark Sky Community, meaning it is ideal for viewing the heavens. General Manager Daniel Wright said the resort’s guests may bring their own telescopes or attend the resort’s star parties, where astronomers, such as the former director of the Griffith Park Observatory, serve as guides. “The clear, dark skies are mesmerizing,” Wright said.
Occupying 107 acres, the resort offers 90 pull-through RV sites with hookups, including cable TV. An additional 53 back-in sites are extraordinarily spacious, averaging 40 feet wide and 80 feet long, and overlook the golf course.
Massage therapy and acupuncture and acupressure treatments are available on-site, and the resort’s own well provides mineral water for relaxation and rejuvenation. From October to May, guests participate in classes and activities that range from aerobics and yoga to bird watching and wine tasting.
Anza-Borrego is the largest state park in the U.S., so there are lots of recreational opportunities. In addition, the village of Borrego Springs is home to a thriving community of artists and art galleries, and holds special events, including a new film festival that will run from Jan. 23 to 26. One of the area’s newer attractions is an array of more than 125 sculptures at Galleta Meadows Estates. Artist Ricardo Breceda’s works include realistic and whimsical depictions of creatures, including one sculpture called “Sand Dragon” that extends more than 300 feet and has elements of both a dragon and a rattlesnake.
Although Borrego Springs is remote, the extraordinary dining and shopping in Palm Springs and Palm Desert are only an hour and a half away. San Diego and its beaches are just two hours away.
For more information, visit springsatborrego.com.