17 Palms Oasis in the Borrego Badlands

17 Palms Oasis in the Borrego Badlands

Known as Seventeen Palms since at least 1889, this oasis in the Borrego Badlands has seen palms come and palms go. So while there may have been a finite 17 native California fan palms at one time, the oasis has changed over the years, and now there are two separate groupings totaling more than 30 palms. These palms are usually located over fault lines where ground water can come up through the fractures, where the tree’s shallow roots can access this water. (Actually, palms are NOT trees; they are in the grasses family.) Thirsty coyotes sometimes dig for water at the base of the palms. More than 100 species of birds are known to stop and refresh themselves at this verdant oasis.


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