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Leave the beaten path well and truly behind by heading out to the luxurious desert oasis of Borrego Springs. Whether you want to drive 4x4s down narrow canyons, soar above orange mountains in gliders, or lie by pools under the shade of leafy palm trees - this desert paradise can offer it all. You'll come for the great weather, spectacular scenery, and gorgeous hotels, but it'll be the nightly vision of a billion glowing stars that cements Borrego Springs in your heart.

Things to see

Borrego Springs is an island of life in the ocean of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, and you'll be surrounded by amazing, otherworldly, scenery during your time here. Watch as hook-beaked Swainson's Hawks swoop overhead, before you enter Palm Canyon - which offers a gentle hike, and is just a few minutes from the town. Run your hands against copper-colored sandstone walls, feeling grains come loose as you walk, before stumbling across the explosion of green palm trees that blooms around the canyon's fresh water spring. Afterwards, you'll shake your head thinking you've stumbled into the Australian outback, as you lay eyes on Whale Peak - which resembles Ayres Rock, as it glows volcanic red in the sunset's fiery light. Don't worry if you see 10-foot high scorpions, dragons and elephants on your return journey – it's not a desert mirage – it's just a series of spectacular rusty sculptures, which are dotted across the landscape around Galleta Meadows Estate.

Hotels in Borrego Springs

While much of the land around Borrego Springs is gasping for water, there's clearly no such shortage in the town itself, where it spills from pretty fountains, and constantly refills Borrego Springs hotels' refreshing blue swimming pools. Take your pick from resorts where you can relax on sun patios, and enjoy al fresco dining on wooden-decked terraces - looking out over gardens tangled with technicolor flowers. In your room, you'll sink into cavernous, fluffy beds, and be able to fill any spare time watching your flat-screen television, or browsing the internet on WiFi. After a long day's walking, you'll really appreciate the masseuses at the town's spa resorts, who will expertly caress your tired legs back to life - guaranteeing you're ready to go again in the morning.

Where to stay

Borrego Springs may be the last place on earth that you'd expect to smell fresh grass, but the town is home to a number of lush green golf courses, which are all within walking distance of the hotels. Watch out for the roadrunners and coyotes that scurry across the fairways while you're swinging, however. To stay somewhere even smaller, try nearby Warner Springs. Feel the rush – and hear the terrifying silence - while soaring in a smooth glider flight over the town. Afterwards, get your feet back on the ground by looking into the inky depths of space at Palomar Observatory. Standing in the shadow of the observatory's giant telescope, which was the world's largest for 45 years, will be another highlight of your trip.

How to get to Borrego Springs

The drive out to Borrego Springs takes about 3 hours from Las Vegas, and closer to 2 hours from San Diego. If you don't relish winding, mountainous roads, then detouring to Palm Springs - and heading down to Borrego Springs from there - will take you on a route avoiding the difficult driving. You will sacrifice the incredible views, however. Once in the town, you can access most of the desert's beauty spots with relative ease, but be aware that you'll need a 4x4 to get to some of the more remote locations – especially if there's been recent rainfall.

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