This is the ultimate peaceful escape. While it gets busier on the weekends, the weekends are generally quiet. This spot is situated in an ancient lake basin and is surrounded by mountains perfect for climbing and biking.
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There are a few hiking trails in the area, which include the 4-mile round-trip Ehmuu-Morteros Trail, a 2-mile hike to Ghost Mountain, and the 2-mile round-trip Pictograph Trail, which can be extended to three miles by hiking to the Smuggler’s Canyon overlook.
Vault toilets are available, but not water.
Nearby, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park offers biking and hiking trails, a dump station, restrooms, drinking water, and showers.