Font's Point

Borrego Springs, California (San Diego County)

Last Updated: 05/08/2019
4.7 / 5 ( 7 reviews )
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Nearby Trails
Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 4 miles
Highest Elevation: 1253 feet
Duration: About 25 minutes
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Borrego Springs
Nearest Town w/ Services: Borrego Springs
Official Road Name:
Management Agency: California Department of Parks and Recreation
District: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
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Highlights

Highlight: Font's Point
Font's Point is an iconic location in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park providing some of the best views of the park's striking topography. This trail is more about the destination than the ride. The short, easy drive up to Font's Point follows a wide, sandy wash to a small parking area. Walk a short distance up from the parking area and the ground suddenly disappears beneath you, revealing that you're standing on the edge of a cliff face overlooking the Borrego Badlands and thousands of acres of desert. The breathtaking vista is a "must-see" if you're in the area. Font's Point is one of the most popular attractions in Anza-Borrego and usually has a handful of visitors. Sunset is a great time to visit as the view is especially striking, and around dusk, you'll often see a few caravans of vehicles heading to the Point. Professional photographers can often be found on Font's Point seeking to capture stunning desert shots. Although it goes without saying, be very careful around the cliff edge at Font's Point, especially if you have pets or children. There are no guardrails or fences -- just a sudden drop-off down hundreds of feet.

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Route Information

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Waypoints

1. Font's Point Trailhead (0 mi)
The Font's Point trailhead is clearly marked off of state route S-22.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 33.303340, -116.238969

Starting Point: Salton City

From Highway 86 in Salton City, take S-22/Borrego Salton Seaway heading west. After about 16.9 miles, the Font's Point trailhead will be on your left.

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Trail Reviews (10)

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
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Beautiful!!!! Trail is a true 3 rating due to the deep sand we encountered. Such an amazing place to visit while in Anza. We got to enjoy it at sunset and it made it that much more awesome.

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
Short trip in DEEP SAND. Loved it. The view at the point is not to be missed.

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
4 miles out and back of sandy trail. Some sections are deep sand, some sections are soft sand and some sections are wide enough for multiple vehicles to pass and park. 4WD / AWD Highly Recommended! Did this trail with my AWD hatchback with AT tires and an inch of lift.

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Very deep sand! As the last review says, 2wd ain't gonna fly. It was deeper than I expected and at times required a little more gas than I thought this route needed.

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
The view from the top as stunning as always. The trail was also stunning, but in a different way. When I was here 2 years ago, the trail was mostly hard packed with some shallow sand near the top. This time the trail was filled with loose sand all the way to the top. 2wd and heavy rigs beware! It is very easy to get stuck. A 4wd Tundra was stuck only half way up. That said, the return trip from the top was very easy.

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
This wash is nice and wide. Unlike the other reviews, I wouldn’t recommend trying it without 4WD. There were 2 4WD SUVs stuck in the deep sand on my way up. It is well worth the drive to the top the view is amazing.

Author:
Status: Temporary Closure
Offroaded on:
Closed

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
You can probably do this trail in 2wd. Sandy but not too deep. Bumpy in some sections. The "boring" road would not be worth it but the views from the point make it all worth it! Definitely check it out. Really nice area.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
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Easy drive. Sand of course, but not too deep. Great views!

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
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This trail is a must if you're nearby. It's a short drive up to the point, even shorter if you pick up the pace and make use of the flat, wide-open wash. The views are pretty astounding but don't expect to be alone when you get there, especially at sunset on a weekend. 2wd might be possible but you'll be at a higher risk of getting stuck in some of the sandier portions of the trail.

Questions & Answers (3)

Q: Hi, I'm trying to get the gpx loaded to my Garmin. I'm getting an import error. When I try and import a previous downloaded gpx, it works fine. can you check to see if there is a problem with the GPX? thank you
–Jason Trevino (12/26/2020)
–Josh Noesser (12/30/2020)
Q: Hi all - here is an updated link for the park map. I noticed the one above no longer works. https://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/638/files/abdsp_Park_Map201704.pdf
–Austin Rodola (10/05/2019)
–Brent Colasurdo (10/10/2019)
Q: Hello, Do you have a GPX for Hills of the moon trail? I hear it's near Fonts Point trail somewhere. I looked for "Hills of the moon" trail, and was unable to find it on this site.
–White JK (02/24/2019)
–Josh Noesser (02/27/2019)

Writer Information

Brent Colasurdo

Mapping Crew - California

Brent's passion for outdoor adventures began with backpacking and mountain climbing while growing up in Portland, Oregon. Eventually, he realized that it was easier to drive the trails than walk them, and Brent's love of off-roading was born. Brent is now an (adopted) native of California. He can be found sullying the leather upholstery of his 2013 Range Rover Sport throughout the deserts and mountains of Southern California.
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