Inspiration Wash

Total Miles


342.39 ft



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Best Time

Spring, Fall

Trail Overview

Inspiration Wash is a trail in the Anza Borrego Desert State Park that follows a canyon through the Borrego Badlands. The trail possesses otherworldly geography and is great for scenic driving. Throughout the trail, you'll encounter several technical challenges including steep and deeply rutted hills, shelves, and off-camber sections all paired with the narrow and twisting canyon walls. High clearance and 4WD will be essential. The wash is shaped during the desert's wet season and may change year to year. Always come prepared and be aware of your surroundings. Despite the nearby dunes, vehicles accessing the trail must be highway legal. Several areas may only be accessed by foot. Respect all posted signage.


While much of the first section of the trail is flat and hardpacked, the challenge begins upon entering the the wash. The dried mud walls quickly become narrow and winding. Maneuverability becomes difficult and many sections have multiple paths leading over and around features in the canyon. The wash gives way to a steep, deeply rutted out hill climb and descent which leads into the narrowest section of the trail which has several sharp twists and drops. After this, the wash opens back up again on to a wider path. Much of the trail is covered in deep sand and is often reshaped by the nearby dunes. The walls of the wash are fragile and can collapse. Use caution around geographical features and avoid the area if rain is predicted.

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Access Description

The trailhead can be accessed from the Borrego Salton Sea Way. It is only about a quarter-mile from the turnoff for Fonts Point. A sign indicating the wash is ahead will be just off the side of the road. As the nearby dunes often reshape the trail, leaving can be made difficult. Avoid driving on any land that indicates it is private with signage, follow previously made tracks, and head for Old Springs Road which will take you out past the dump.