Palm Canyon Hotel and RV Resort - Borrego Springs, CA

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Hotel at a Glance: Palm Canyon Hotel and RV Resort

The night sky above Palm Canyon Hotel and RV Resort is dark—so dark, in fact, that the town of Borrego Springs was recognized by the International Dark-Sky Association, which highlights locales with so little light pollution that the nighttime sky is dotted with millions of stars. The resort is encircled by three mountain ranges that help block ambient light from nearby cities, making it a popular destination for novice and professional stargazers alike.

  • Escape the heat with a dip in one of the resort’s two outdoor pools, or relax in the hot tub.
  • Grab a drink and have a bite at the onsite Big Horn Bar & Grill (open Thursday–Sunday).
  • Alfresco eats: Fire up the grill in the communal barbecue picnic area or huddle around a fire pit as the sun sets.
  • In-room amenities: coffeemaker, mini fridge, and free WiFi
  • Things to do include hiking, biking, golfing, seeing massive metal sculptures at Galleta Meadows Estate, taking jeep tours, and geocaching.

Borrego Springs, California: Stargazing Hub amid Expansive Anza-Borrego Desert

For millennia, humans dwelled beneath a dark night sky dotted with millions of stars after the sun sank each evening. Over the past century, however, light pollution has drowned out constellations in urbanized hot spots around the world. Not so in Borrego Springs, the second place in the world dubbed a Dark Sky Community by the International Dark-Sky Association.

USA Today praises the Anza-Borrego Desert as one of the “Top Spots for Stargazing Out West.” In the 600,000-acre Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, sky watchers can glimpse the Milky Way, numerous constellations, and even other galaxies. Though the focus is on the sky at night, there’s plenty to do during the day, including hiking, biking, and golfing.

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What You Get

  • Stay for two in a standard king room, standard double-queen room, or vintage trailer
  • Up to two kids 5 or younger stay free in a standard double-queen room
  • Dates into December

Policies and Fees

  • Reservations: Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased
  • Cancellation policy: 4-day cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is nonrefundable; reservations made within cancellation window are nonrefundable.
  • Rates may vary by date and are subject to availability.

No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate; no refunds, rescheduling, or rebooking allowed.


  • Two outdoor pools and hot tubs
  • Restaurant and bar (open Thursday–Sunday)
  • Barbecue picnic area and fire pits
  • Free WiFi

The Fine Print

  • Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased
  • 4-day cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is non-refundable; reservations made within cancellation window are non-refundable. No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate
  • Traveler name must match ID at time of check-in
  • No refunds will be processed by Groupon after check-in
  • Must be 18 or older to check in
  • Credit card required at check-in
  • Not valid with reward points. 

Other Details

Room Details

Standard King Room

  • One king bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2

Standard Double-Queen Room

  • Two queen beds
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 4
  • Adding occupants above standard: $5 per night for each additional guest 6 or older; kids 5 or younger stay free

Vintage Trailer (Hound Dog, June Bug, Lone Ranger, and Marilyn)

  • One full bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 4 p.m.; same-day bookings must arrive by 4 p.m.
  • Check out: 12 p.m.
  • Parking: free parking
  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property; $200 cleaning fee charged if smoke is detected in a guest room
  • Pet policy: up to two pets under 35 lb. may be added for an additional $50 per stay; advance notice required. $200 fee charged if pet is not registered or if pet is in a non-pet-designated room.
  • Accessibility: please contact the property for handicap accessibility requests or options.
  • Room upgrades: not available

Getting There

  • Nearest airport: San Diego International Airport (SAN; 86 miles)
  • Distance from San Diego: 84 miles

Traveler's Tips

Customer Reviews

(106 ratings)

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Terry C. · 7 reviews TOP REVIEWER
March 16, 2015
the rooms were well designed nd spacious,the resort has an onsight restaurant with live entertainment. lots of fun.


Lisa D. · 2 reviews
March 15, 2015
Friendly, fun place for us and the kids, easy walk to the entrance and visitor center.


Amy P. ·
March 14, 2015
A perfect family friendly get away!!
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