Wind caves are a perfect example of wind erosion. The caves are formed when wind picks up small particles from the ground and moves those particles through the landscape. In the desert, it's like having a giant natural sandblaster sculpting the soft limestone and creating these wind caves.
The Wind Caves are located in the eastern side of Anza-Borrego State Desert Park a few miles from Fish Creek Campground. Although GPS is recommended Fish Creek wash is marked with a sign. The wash is easy to drive however there is soft sand so it is not recommended for 2 wheel drive vehicles.
There is parking at the trailhead and a sign the confirms you are in the right place. You do have to hike to the Wind Caves however the hike is easy. When you start the trail you start climbing, there is about 200 feet of elevation gain.
There are two set of wind caves both can be access by the same trail. Once you reach the wind caves you will be rewarded with magnificent views of the wash below. You are able to walk within the caves, they are not your traditional cave but more like big holes in the limestone. You will be able to find shade inside these caves.
When we arrived at the wind caves it was not windy however once we started walking on the trail you felt the strong wind. This place has some of the best views I have seen in the desert, I highly recommend this place.
WARNING: Must drive a 4 x 4 vehicle. Temperatures can get over 110 degrees during the summer. Bring lots of water. GPS is highly recommended.
ADDRESS/DIRECTIONS: take Hwy 78 towards Ocotillo Wells. Turn into Split Mountain Road. While on Splint Mountain Road you will find Fish Creek Wash which is a dirt road that leads to Fish Creek Primitive Campground. Continue driving past the campground on Fish Creek Wash until you find the trailhead it's a little over 3 miles. The Trailhead will be marked.
PHONE: There is no cell service so you can't call anyone.
HOURS OF OPERATIONS: 24/7
RECOMMENDATIONS: hiking books or good walking shoes. Bring a light jacket, you will get cold if visiting during winter.
BEST TIME TO GO: Late fall, winter and spring.