Anza Borrego is one of my favorite places in southern California to enjoy the outdoors. I recently shared a post on where I like taking my Jeep through Fish Creek Wash which is an amazing place to go off-roading in your 4x4 vehicle.
I have been out to Fish Creek Wash in Anza Borrego a number of times but I have never hiked to the wind caves. Usually, when I have been out in Fish Creek Wash I have been with my buddy who has a dog and unfortunately, there are no dogs allowed on the Wind Cave hike in Anza Borrego.
The sign for the Wind Cave hikes says one mile, which I read as one mile to the Wind Caves but it is really about a half mile hike to the caves and another half mile hike back. With that said there is plenty of hiking in and around the caves themselves so you will most likely hike more than a mile if you go exploring.
The Caltopo map can be viewed and downloaded here.
The hike starts once you get out of an awesome canyon that you drive through. If you are interested in the Canyon you can check out pictures here.
It can be easily missed but the small sign I posted a picture of earlier marks the start of the hike. There are usually a couple of cars parked there and it can look like a small parking lot in the middle of the desert.
The hike immediately starts going up out of the canyon and is a short climb but its not too intense just a little rocky at times.
Since we thought the trail was one mile to the Wind Caves the caves almost kind of sprung on us suddenly, you pop your head over a ridge and the Wind Caves almost come out of nowhere and almost looks like a little village in the middle of this ridge in the desert.
Once you are up at the caves they are a whole lot of fun to explore but do not forget to look back behind you at the epic desert views! I have done a lot of exploring of Anza Borrego in my Jeep on the ground and climbed up a handful of ridges but this is by far the best view I have ever had of Anza Borrego!
After seeing this view I already want to plan another trip back to the Wind Caves with my camera and tripod and shoot a sunset over the desert!
My last tip I will leave you all with is be on the lookout for wildlife. Although it is the desert there is still wildlife, and I would be careful before exploring any of the caves, be on the lookout for snakes!
We did not see any wildlife int he Wind Caves while we were there but we did run into this cool guy on the way back down to the Jeep: