Looking for a So Cal desert location for a quick family getaway? Enjoy the numerous amenities of The Springs at Borrego RV Resort & Golf Course located in the town of Borrego Springs, CA. With drive times less than 3 hours from Orange County and 2 hours from San Diego, your family is closer to a relaxing weekend than you think.
The Springs at Borrego is the brainchild of Bill and Jenny Wright and managed by their son, Daniel Wright. Their attention to detail is evident as is the pride of the Wright family. From the excellent service we received, the cleanliness of the facilities, and the friendliness of the staff, it shows.
We arrived after-hours and next to the office door there was a map and directions to our site. We had been assigned pull-thru site #406. As all this sites here are cement, leveling is a snap. While the sites are close together, there are willow and citrus trees in the spacious median between sites, which gives a feeling of separation from the neighbors.
The Springs at Borrego seems more suited to the older crowd and there certainly are many snow-birds, but don’t be fooled. First, these long-term campers were extremely nice and seemed to enjoy having some kids around. Daniel Wright also mentioned that since their most popular seasons are winter and spring, it is usually weekends and holidays such as Thanksgiving, New Years and Presidents Day that get the most children. On our trip, we did see quite a few kids at the pool and riding bikes/scooters around the park.
How to keep the kids busy:
I was impressed at the amount of activities available for kids. We tried most of these and Drake & Mia loved them!
Pool & Mineral Baths – The large saltwater swimming pool (heated to 85 degrees) was the “most requested” by Drake & Mia. Perfect temperature to just get in and enjoy with a maximum depth of five feet. There are also hot, healing mineral baths (heated to 102 degrees) located nearby for the adults as well as a Jacuzzi.
Notes: Pool has a quiet time from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. every day. Quiet kids are welcome. Additionally, there is a one-hour Water Aerobics class held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. This information wasn’t posted. We discovered this when we arrived on Saturday morning to swim once more before check-out. The pool was pretty much taken over by the class. There were several families with kids there and we were sequestered into the corners of the pool where noise and splashing were still verbally discouraged by the instructor.
Catch & Release Fishing Hole – Located next to the 9th hole of the Par 36 golf course there is a section for fishing. Grab the free fishing poles from the office and try your luck. (Note: you will need to bring your own bait such as Velveeta or marshmallows). Drake & Mia gave it their best but we didn’t catch a fish. We heard there are Tilapia, Bass and Catfish in there!
Games – In the Recreation area, there is free table tennis with paddles and balls available at the table. To get free use of a basketball, or equipment for pickle ball (a game similar to tennis and perfect for kids), or Bocce Ball, a trip to the office is all you need.
Play Equipment & Grass Area – There is a great play structure with swings next to a grassy area that would be perfect to fly a kite, play bocce ball, throw a football or take in the stars in the evening.
Amphitheater – This area hosts concerts and events but when it’s not being used, it is the perfect spot for beginner bike riders, roller skating, scooters and for those with R/C cars. Drake loved being able to go and race his R/C car around knowing he didn’t have to look for cars or people.
Don’t have an RV? The Springs at Borrego has you covered!!
Park Models (i.e. Cottages) are new and designed for families with children. Each cottage is approximately 400 square feet and includes a full kitchen (bring your groceries and beverages) , 2- bedrooms (with linens), 1 1/2 baths (with towels) and a loft with a TV. Kids can bring their sleeping bags and have a slumber party up there. Outside, there is a patio that includes and picnic table, two parking spaces and a scenic view of the fifth fairway. Make sure to bring your own propane grill and camp chairs!
Prices vary based on season/day of the week and include two people. Overnight stays range from $199 – $299/night plus tax with a $10 per night fee per additional occupant. – Note: No Pets, No Maid Service, Maximum Occupancy eight people, and two- night minimum stay.
Rental Trailers – These rental trailers are awesome! Fully furnished travel trailers include a queen bed and a bunk bed area with door in the rear (the unit I saw had four bunks). I also loved the location! These units back up to the recreation area where the pool and other amenities are located.
Prices for RV trailer rentals also vary by season and day of the week. Rates range from $115 to $185/night. Want to bring your pet? One of the rental trailers is pet friendly and requires a non-refundable pet deposit of $50. Trailer rentals also have a two- night minimum stay.
There is a selection of sites to choose from. There are more than 90 spacious pull-through sites—each 35′ wide, and 70′ long (this is what we had). In 2012, they also added premium back-in sites that average 40′ wide by 80′ long. There are also Fairway Sites located on the golf course offering services on both sides! This means RVer’s can pull in, and trailers can back-in.
All RV sites offer 20,30 or 50 amp electric, water, sewer, cable TV and Wi-Fi (this is my only negative – if I actually got it working it was extremely slow and wouldn’t stay connected). Pricing ranges from $60 – $104/night based on season/day of the week.
Let me just say again how incredibly clean this park is. With Camp Hosts in every section of the park, there is constant cleaning and raking around the sites. Additionally, the pool area was clean and the water was clear and inviting. Where I really got excited was the spotlessly clean restroom/shower facilities. This was the first time I have seen private shower rooms – perfect for families. These showers were luxurious with flexible shower heads, plenty of hot water and room to bathe the kids in private!! Definitely gets an A+ from the Fletcher family!
Want a campfire? Unfortunately, campfires at the actual sites are not allowed; there is a communal fire ring to make those S’mores.
Nighttime in the Park
You may be wondering why this would even be a topic. The most important reason is that after 9pm the park was quiet. As you know, campgrounds can get boisterous. Not here! The only sounds we heard were coyotes somewhere close yipping to each other (it was awesome). The other reason is that since Borrego Springs is a designated Dark Sky Community, where they limit light pollution. The park even has an Astrology Park where you can set up your own telescope or attend one of their hosted Star Parties.
Other activities offered are a 9-Hole Championship Golf Course/Driving Range/Putting Green, Golf Lessons with LPGA Professional for kids and adults, Bicycle Rentals (in case the kids talk you into riding). Tennis Court, Game Nights, Yoga, Birding, Water Aerobics, Special Events (including wine tasting, dinners and concerts), and massages are available daily by appointment.
- Small Park of the Year (Voted by National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) as the best small RV park in ALL of North America!)
- Top Rated by Good Sam Travel Guide for 2013 (For 2013, our facilities, cleanliness, and visual appearance received perfect scores of 10, 10*, and 10. Only 30 or so of 11,500+ RV parks in North America receive this designation.
Mention it’s your first time visiting and they will give you a $20 discount off your first night’s stay!!!
This resort gets an enthusiastic thumbs up from all of us! In fact, we didn’t want to leave! We requested to stay an additional night, however the park was sold out for President’s Day weekend. We do plan on returning to Borrego Springs RV Resort and next time, we hope to catch a fish!