Overnight Mud Caving, Hot Springs, & Pie

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Overnight Mud Caving, Hot Springs, & Pie

50.00

Saturday, November 18 - Sunday, November 19

7:30am on 11/18 -1:00pm on 11/19

14 participants 

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Introduction

Twisting, turning, tipsy caves followed by naturally heated hot springs followed by overnight camping under the stars followed by world-famous Julian Pie. That’s what this weekend is about. Anza Borrego Desert is home to the Arroyo Tapiado Mud Caves, which are hollowed out by the rain and dry up to form caves that can be navigated through by finding the entrance to the caves from a central canyon gorge. These caves are stable and may be big enough to see sunlight peeking through, or small enough for only one person to crawl through at a time. Headlamps from hikers light up the caves; in most caves, headlamps are the only light source. There are hot springs that are man-made outdoor and indoor pools heated by natural springs at the campsite. The famous Julian Pie will serve as breakfast on Sunday morning!

About the Trip & Itinerary

Saturday (Day 1): Arrive at the ARC on PLNU campus at 7:30am. After brief introductions, participants and guides will load up into two vans to drive approximately 2.5 hours to the Arroyo Tapiado Mud Caves. After spending the majority of the day exploring caves, it’s about a one hour drive to the campground where a variety of activities such as hiking, exploring, and enjoying the hot springs are available. A group camp dinner will be prepared by the lovely guiding team by the campfire before enjoying the stars!

Sunday (Day 2): Waking up to a desert sunrise, it is approximately a 1.5 hour drive to Julian where warm, delicious pie awaits! With full stomachs and happy hearts, expect to arrive back to PLNU by 1:00pm.

Price >> $50.00

Physical

The mud caving excursion can be thought of as a moderate hike with multiple instance of ducking, crouching, and bending to stay on track in the caves. There is an optional hike when reaching the campsite on Saturday afternoon before dinner that is approximately 2 miles round-trip. This is a good trip to take for anyone and is appropriate for beginners of any fitness level. Come explore the caves with us!

Fitness Rating: 2 out of 5 difficulty

Safety & Risk Management

The caves are ephemeral – constantly changing and shifting over time – rain, floods and faulting all effect them.  They are mud with no man made support structure so they could collapse. We here at ODL make sure to check the cave conditions prior to entering. If they are dry, they should be stable and safe to go through. We will be checking the weather and with the ranger station prior to the trip to make sure the conditions are safe. For safety reasons, all participants must have a reliable headlamp (available for purchase in the ARC or online), water, a hardhat, rope and a whistle as safety equipment. Most of these items will be provided by your guides from ODL, but check the packing list below to see what you must bring. Our group will stay together the entire time, there will be no exploring the caves alone for your safety.

Click HERE for Equipment & Packing List