Best Warm-Weather Family Adventures
Courtesy of California Overland
Jeep Tours in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, CA
California’s largest state park lies between San Diego and Coachella and has more than 500 back roads to explore. With winter temps hitting the 80s, open-air jeep tours are a great way to experience the baked landscape. California Overland (two-hour tours, from $55) offers guided excursions that corkscrew up and down the canyon, bypassing mud caves, big-horn sheep, badlands, and cholla cactus, with accompanying hikes to see sacred Kumeyaay Indian pictographs, dusty gold-mine towns, and the mysterious Phantom Desert Lights.
Stay: Borrego Springs Resort (from $150) has a heated pool and surrounding dark skies for stargazing.