We do not come to Anza-Borrego with particular plans. So, in the morning, we go into town, Borrego Springs, for a recommendation on what to do with the day. A little research indicates that there is a community of big horn sheep in Anza-Borrego and the place to see them is the Borrego Palm Canyon Trail.
Big Horn Sheep in Borrego Palm
The harshness of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park may seem inhospitable to large mammals. Yet, a sizeable population of big horn sheep travers the ridges of the desert and occasionally descend to drink from springs and eat the greener plants that thrive around these rare water sources. The Borrego Palm Canyon Trail culminates at one of these springs and a forest of palms trees.
A key for spotting big horn sheep, as we are told, is to arrive early. By the afternoon the trails are full of loud hikers that have well and truly scared off the local sheep. Morning is when the sheep may still be confident enough to pass near the trails. Oh, there were plenty of the bold beauties this morning!