San Diego Trails: Agua Caliente Park

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San Diego Trails: Agua Caliente Park

Agua Caliente County Park is located in the Anza Borrego Desert, and as the name suggests (“hot water” in Spanish) it is most famous for its geothermally heated springs. Apart from bathing in the health giving properties of the spa water (it’s heated to 102 degrees), Agua Caliente County Park also has a number of wonderful hiking trails, which wander for miles across the hillsides and through the canyons of the park. There is ample parking at the trail heads, so why not head out over Canyon Ridge Trail, joining up with a great viewpoint on the Desert Overlook Trail, and then explore the Marsh Trail and the Store Trail. There are ample camping sites, so why not stay for a few days and really enjoy the wonderful open spaces and health giving spas. I can’t think of a better way to spend a weekend, can you?

Agua Caliente County Park trails are popular throughout all the seasons, with a different tale to tell in each. A visit in the springtime you can expect a colorful show of wild flowers, it gets a little hot throughout the summer but is also popular throughout the fall and the winter. The abundant water means that the ground enjoys a lush plant life for much of the year, and you might even catch a sight of some of the frequent wildlife inhabitants or visitors – bobcats, coyotes and even mountain lions, so if you take your dog (which will be very welcome) do keep him on a leash at all times. It really is in the best interests of everyone concerned.

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