This is a fun, scenic, and short drive in a desert wash that will bring you to a palm oasis. This area is a well-known watering hole for the regional wildlife of the Borrego Badlands. The palm trees at 17 Palms are often green and brilliant compared to the stark and barren desert that surrounds them.
The 17 Palms area is located off of the S-22. Take the Arroyo Salado Primitive Campground turnoff, travel approx. 3.6 miles on Arroyo Salado Wash to the Seventeen Palms Turnoff which puts you on Tule Wash (you will see a small sign with arrow heading West (right) and travel another 0.2 miles to the 17 Palms parking area.