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Anza  Borrego Desert (Town)


"Understand, I’ll slip quietly  away from the noisy crowd

when I see the pale stars rising, blooming, over the oaks.

 I’ll pursue solitary pathways through the pale twilit meadows,

with only this one dream: You come too."  Rainer Maria Rilke


 

 

Anza Borrego Desert

200 Palm Canyon Dr.
Borrego Springs, CA 92004
 
(760) 767-5311
Website

From Wikipedia:
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (ABDSP) is a state park located within the Colorado Desert of southern California, United States. The park takes its name from 18th-century Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza and borrego, the Spanish word for bighorn sheep. With 600,000 acres (2,400 km2) that includes one-fifth of San Diego County, ABDSP is the largest state park in California and, after New York's Adirondack Park, the second largest in the continental United States. The park occupies eastern San Diego County and reaches into Imperial and Riverside counties, enveloping two communities: Borrego Springs (home of the park headquarters) and Shelter Valley.

The expanses of ABDSP's eroded badlands also provide a different view into the region's long-vanished tropical past. The inland of southeastern California was not always a desert. Paleontology, the study of the fossilized remains of ancient life, is the key to understanding this prehistoric world. ABDSP has an exceptional fossil record which includes preserved plants, a variety of invertebrate shells, animal tracks, and an array of bones and teeth. Most fossils found in ABDSP date from six million to under a half million years in age (the Pliocene and Pleistocene epochs), or about 60 million years after the last dinosaur age ended.

Since the late 19th century, numerous scientific studies and published papers have centered on the marine organisms that inhabited the ancient Sea of Cortez. Fossil assemblages from the classic 'Imperial Formation' include calcareous nanoplankton and dinoflagellates, foraminifera, corals, polychaetes, clams, gastropods, sea urchins, sand dollars, and crabs and shrimp. The deposits also yield the remains of marine vertebrates, such as sharks and rays, bony fish, baleen whales, walruses, and dugongs.

The Native Americans of the surrounding mountains and deserts included the Cahuilla, Cupeño, and Kumeyaay (Diegueño) Indian tribes. It was the homeland of these peoples for thousands of years, and their artists created petroglyph and pictogram rock art expressing their cultures

Personal Experience:  I am nowhere near an experienced desert explorer, so I can only share from my few experiences out to the Anza Borrego desert.  I will say that I advise you visit in winter or spring.  It gets HOT in the summer, easily reaching triple digits often. 

Late winter/early spring is when you can watch the flowers bloom throughout the desert.  The bloom time varies each year and is determined by a number of conditions such as rainfall and temperature. Visit their website to get a better grasp of where you may like to explore out there.  Otherwise, enjoy the photos!

Our friend/photographer, Pacifyco, went out with us one time and took some beautiful photos also.  Check them out on his blog here.

 

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Anza Borrego Desert

Anza Borrego Desert

Anza Borrego Desert

Arroyo Tapiado Mud Caves

Arroyo Tapiado Mud Caves

Anza Borrego Desert

Anza Borrego Desert

Anza Borrego Desert

Arroyo Tapiado Mud Caves

Anza Borrego Desert

Anza Borrego Desert

Anza Borrego Desert

You can visit the mud caves out here:
Arroyo Tapiado Mud Caves

Arroyo Tapiado Mud Caves

And Galleta Meadows:
Galleta Meadows

Galleta Meadows

Galleta Meadows

Galleta Meadows

Galleta Meadows

If you're going to head all the way out to the desert, I'd have to say that camping is a must!

Anza Borrego Desert

Perfect place to practice your star photography!

Anza Borrego Desert

Anza Borrego Desert

Anza Borrego Desert


Make sure to cook delicious food!
Anza Borrego Desert


Have fun and be strange:
Anza Borrego Desert

Anza Borrego Desert

Arroyo Tapiado Mud Caves

Arroyo Tapiado Mud Caves

Galleta Meadows

Galleta Meadows

Galleta Meadows

Anza Borrego Desert

Arroyo Tapiado Mud Caves

We woke up briefly for the sunrise and then immediately went back to sleep:

Anza Borrego Desert

Anza Borrego Desert

Anza Borrego Desert

So serene:
Anza Borrego Desert

Anza Borrego Desert



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