Whenever you visit a place for the first time, choosing what to do can seem a little overwhelming. It is always a good idea to do some research before you travel to get to know your destination better. You want to make sure that you make the most out of the days you have without forgetting any of the most popular attractions. Here is a popular list of options you and your family or friends can enjoy while visiting Borrego Springs.

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1. See the Sky Sculptures in Galleta Meadows

All it took was a local landowner to team up with a sculpture artist. The result? Exactly 130 breath-taking full-sized metal sculptures, representing the creatures that once roamed desert millenniums ago. The site attracts tourists from around the world, who live to drive around the area as the sculptures seem to appear out of nowhere. From dinosaurs to tigers to serpents, visitors are guaranteed a glance from the past and of course, great pictures. By far one of the most popular attractions, the amazing 350-foot long Serpent sculpture attracts professional photographers and drone videographers from all over the globe.

2. Hike the Borrego Palm Canyon Trail

If you enjoy hiking peaceful nature trails, this might be the place for you. Anza-Borrego desert’s famous trail lies across 3 miles and ascends up to 450-feet, it is one of the main attractions in the area. This relatively easy roundtrip around Palm Canyon remains one of the last naturally occurring native California palm groves left on the globe.

You can start your trip by visiting the Visitor Center where you can get some tips and a map to guide yourself through this adventure. As you get deeper into the trail you will start to see more green areas and water until you reach the Borrego Palm Oasis, a beautiful landscape with incredible contrast to the rest of the desert.

3. Golf at Rams Hill

Few courses are blessed with the Anza Borrego Desert’s endless open spaces and the exceptional conditions that produce unrivaled results. Lies are lush, and conditions are at their best. Nature is embraced and respected, but never conquered. Discover the serenity, the beauty, that is Rams Hill.

The $22 million golf course set right above the Borrego Springs Valley landed the fourth best golf course in California and one of the best resort course in the United States by Golfweek Magazine. Known for its stunning views and friendly staff, Rams Hill also offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, featuring an extensive list of wine and delicious food, all with magnificent views of the Santa Rosa Mountains.

4. Helicopter Tours

Explore Borrego Springs from the air! You can book a helicopter tour for an incredible, scenic ride that will take you around the area while passengers enjoy magnificent views from above. Corporate Helicopters’ luxurious AS350 B2 Astar Helicopter will take off from Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport in San Diego, California and fly four passengers in comfort and ease to Borrego Springs in under 30 minutes. Once you have landed, your group will be escorted to a clubhouse where you will check in, get golf carts and prepare to play 18 holes of golf. The helicopter will wait as you enjoy your round and lunch and will later take you back safely to San Diego.

5. Relax at the House on the Hill

Leave the city and its worries in your rearview mirror as you drive through avocado, citrus and apple orchards to Rams Hill perched on a hillside surrounded by the immense Anza Borrego Desert. Perfect for family and friends, the House on the Hill offers both comfort and luxury to its guests. This Tuscan-style estate oversees endless greens and breathtaking views. The two-story home comes with a spacious living area with a fireplace, a large kitchen and dining area, three bedrooms and three bathrooms. Whether you are looking for some quiet time, feel like going on an adventure on the surrounding trails, or want to stay and play a round of golf, the House on the Hill was built to entertain.

6. See the Borrego Art Institute

It may surprise many to find an art institute in a sleepy desert town like Borrego Springs. However, in the heart of the Anza-Borrego Desert lies a gleaming mid-century modern building with desert gardens and full of attention-getting art.

This non-profit organization features many exhibitions, attractive to adults and children alike. Visitors can also join one of their classes or attend their numerous events and shows. The Borrego Art Institute exhibits a wide variety of high-quality paintings, photographs, and sculptures. Those who visit this place can enjoy free admission and an on-site restaurant as well.

7. Try out a Full Swing Simulator

Dine on great food and tasty beverages while playing a variety of multi-sport games with friends, family, or co-workers. Improve your game with this advanced software that instantly provides swing analysis and ball readings. Guests can play their favorite sports using real sports equipment and experience amazing, life-like gameplay.

This technology provides almost every piece of data and information a person could ask for. Experience the ultimate sports simulator with state-of-the-art ball tracking, swing analysis, and multi-sport gaming. Receive instant ball readings as your shot transitions seamlessly from the real world to the virtual.