Fonts Point - Vista MalPais - Arroyo Salado

Total Miles


390.56 ft


1.75 Hours

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Best Time

Fall, Winter, Spring

Trail Overview

Check out two beautiful vistas overlooking the Borrego Badlands 100% off-road. Head into Arroyo Salado to set up camp or have lunch. The route starts at Fonts Point, a well know overlook in Anza Borrego State Park that is accessed by most vehicles. After visiting Font's Point, look on the right for a sign pointing to "Short Wash". Take this wash for a few miles then turn right when you see a sign for "Vista MalPais". This is an out-and-back trail that takes you to another scenic, but lesser-known overlook over the Borrego Badlands. When you are ready to leave, head back the same way and turn right when you intersect Short Wash. Take a short wash to Ella Wash and turn left. Ella wash will take you back to the pavement or Arroyo Salado Campground.


The route is great for stock 4x4s, but keep a look out for sandy areas on Short Wash heading towards Vista MalPais. Some tight corners, but ok for full-size trucks. Watch out for hikers on the trail.

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Access Description

Start at the well-known overlook, Font's Point.