Tamarisk Grove Campground

by Gary Hawkins, March 21, 2016

For our first outing of the year, we headed to Tamarisk Grove campground in February.  My campground of choice was already sold out (note to self - book earlier), but fortunately, there were still a few vacancies here. This campground is one of four developed campgrounds in Anza-Borrego State Desert Park, with 27 sites offering shade and a shower/toilet block.This campground has an interesting history too, formerly serving as a San Diego County prison camp. It is also unusual in that you can only reserve a place not spot; you choose your campsite on arrival.

Tamarisk Grove Campground, Anza-Borrego Start Desert Park

Our Chosen Campsite

Tamarisk Grove campground is about 18-miles away from the city of Borrego Springs; this did not bother us as we planned mainly to drive about the area since Xaria was still not walking yet.

Buying fresh fruit on the side of the road, Borrego Springs, CA

Buying Fresh Fruit From a Roadside Fruit Stand

The moonless night skies here were spectacular. Far away from civilization and there's no city light to spoil the view of the Milky Way and stars. I wished I had a telescope - perhaps I'll start checking Craigslist.

Campfire at Tamarisk Grove Campground, Anza-Borrego State Desert Park

Xaria and I Enjoying the Campfire

We are getting into the swing of teardrop camping now. We seem to be consistently bringing what we need, and meals are simple enough  - reheating pre-cooked chili or stew for dinner and a good old English fry-up for breakfast. 

Breakfast - Tamarisk Grove Campground, Anza-Borrego State Desert Park

No Better Way of Starting the Day!

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