Located near Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs is indeed home to quite a few natural mineral hot springs. We stayed at Caliente Springs Resort which has a large pool, several spas and showers all of which are fed from the mineral springs. The water from the Desert Hot Springs Aquifer continues to be heated by ancient geothermal forces thousands of feet below the earth’s surface. Naturally heated to temperatures as high as 180 degrees, the waters are thought to have curative properties.
Twentynine Palms is a town of about 25,000 people located in the Mojave Desert on the north side of the Joshua Tree National Park. It was named for the palm trees found there in 1852 by Col. Henry Washington while surveying the area.
Joshua Tree National Park is the only national park that encompasses two distinct ecosystems, the Mojave and the Colorado. It was declared a national park in 1994 when the US Congress passed the California Desert Protection Act. The elevation in the park ranges from 1,900 feet above sea level to over 5,500 feet.
From San Diego, we headed directly east, paralleling the Mexican border and landed near El Centro, CA. We stayed at the Rio Bend RV and Golf Resort. There is a mix of open RV spaces along with permanently attached “park models” or small manufactured homes. About 3/4 quarters of the residents are Canadian.
El Centro didn’t offer too much in the way of activities so our time here was restful. We went to the movies a couple of times, caught up on some projects, did some baking, etc. We had a delicious non-traditional Christmas dinner of scallops, rice medley with mushrooms and braised brussels sprouts/artichoke hearts.
Next stop: Needles, CA
We spent a month in San Diego parked at the Mission Bay RV Resort on, surprisingly, Mission Bay. It is a beautiful location surrounded by the Mission Bay Park and the bay itself. There is a nice hiking/biking path that runs for miles in both directions. It is also located 5 minutes from downtown San Diego, Old Town San Diego, Little Italy, the Embarcadero, etc.