Anza Borrego state park

Sunday, December 4th


This is an easy day trip.  Bring a lunch.  Meet at 9 AM at Christmas Circle in Borrego Springs

The History of Calcite Mine:  High-quality calcite deposits were found here and the mine was built during WWII by U.S. government officials commissioned to find optical-grade crystals for gun sights and rocket launchers. The Polaroid Corporation bought the mine and employed several dozen men to mine the crystals until a synthetic replacement was invented. 

The Pumpkin Patch is a geologic oddity of concretions.  The is a vault toilet and picnic tables there.  We’ll stop at 17 Palms and the mail box on the way out.


Run Checklist

Always Required

  • HAM Radio on 146.550 MHz
  • Full-Sized Spare Tire
  • Seat Belts
  • First Aid Kit
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Battery Tiedown
  • Working Brakes
  • Tow Straps
  • Tow Points

Run Requirements

  • 33+ Sized Tire
  • 2+ Suspension Lift
  • 4LO Transfer Case

Run Recommendations

  • Rear Axle Locker

Trail Rating

Trail Rating 2

Difficulty Level: 2

Trail Rating 1 Graded road; Any 4x4 vehicle or higher clearance 2x4 vehicle with no other modifications
Trail Rating 2 Road rarely maintained; 4x4 with no low bumpers. Anti-sway bar disconnects recommended. Minimum 30" tires and some off-road experience is helpful
Trail Rating 3 Difficult terrain and road rarely maintained; 33" tires, Suspension lift, Off-road driving experience, body armor and Rear locker recommended. Stock vehicles will likely take damage
Trail Rating 4 Very difficult terrain, road never maintained; 33" tires, sway-bar disconnects, Rear locker, and Rock sliders required. 35" tires, front locker, Full cage, and 4:1 transfer-case recommended. Chance of mechanical failure and body damage
Trail Rating 5 Extremely difficult terrain with large obstacles and roll over potential; Full cage required, 37" tires strongly recommended. Good chance of mechanical failure and strong chance of body damage


Rendezvous @ Borrego Springs Christmas Circle

Follow GPS to Christmas circle Borrego Springs or;

five south to 76, 76 E. to it ends at the 79 left on the 79 right on S2 left on S 22, follow all the way till Christmas Circle, you can't miss it it's a big circle. 


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