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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

200 Palm Canyon Dr, Borrego Springs, CA 92004, USA
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Hiking in beautiful Anza-Borrego State Park Borrego Springs California United States
Learn about the Anza-Borrego Desert Borrego Springs California United States
Anza-Borrego state park center garden landscape Borrego Springs California United States
Wildlife viewing in the CA desert Borrego Springs California United States
Big horn sheep up close and personal Borrego Springs California United States
Famous wildflowers in Anza-Borrego state park Borrego Springs California United States
Wildflower hikes In The Anza Borrego Desert Borrego Springs California United States
Spring Desert Hike Borrego Springs California United States
Hiking in beautiful Anza-Borrego State Park Borrego Springs California United States
Learn about the Anza-Borrego Desert Borrego Springs California United States
Anza-Borrego state park center garden landscape Borrego Springs California United States
Wildlife viewing in the CA desert Borrego Springs California United States
Big horn sheep up close and personal Borrego Springs California United States
Famous wildflowers in Anza-Borrego state park Borrego Springs California United States
Wildflower hikes In The Anza Borrego Desert Borrego Springs California United States
Spring Desert Hike Borrego Springs California United States

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Learn about the Anza-Borrego Desert

It's impossible to come check out Anza-Borrego without a visit to the Natural History Association. Here is where you can learn everything about the plants, wildlife, and Laguna mountains surrounding the desert. If you are interested in any of the plant or wildlife tours, this is also the place to come and see what is going on when you visit. Better yet-,check it out before visiting so you can time your visit with a unique activity. There is also a small store here where you can find maps, jewelry, and handmade greeting cards by local artists. During the wildflower blooming season, they usually have booths out where you can sample teas from local plants, samples of plants used to color fibers, and live demonstrations of native pottery making.

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AFAR Local Expert
about 5 years ago

Anza-Borrego state park center garden landscape

If you don't want to hike out into the Anza Borrego desert, you can come here to walk though the landscaped gardens at the state park center and get an idea of the local environment. You have to check this place out anyway- this building is built into the side of a small hill and is mostly underground. Inside is a small movie theater for viewing short films about the surrounding region, or you can check out the exhibits showing the natural history of the area. If you are planning a hike out into the desert- you can stop by here for information about the Anza Borrego state park. This photo was taken from the rooftop and looking down at the front of the building. Tip: It can get really crowded here during the wildflower season- February and March, so come early.
AFAR Local Expert
about 5 years ago

Wildlife viewing in the CA desert

The Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is a gorgeous place to come experience the desert in California. This photo was taken when I hiked the Palm Canyon Trail a couple years ago in the fall. I was thrilled to come across a herd of bighorn sheep. Hiking in the park, I've come across jack rabbits, antelope squirrels, desert cottontail rabbits, road runners and the largest covey of California quail that I've ever seen. But there are also golden eagles, kit foxes, coyotes, mountain lions, kangaroo rats, and a variety of reptiles. It's incredible just how much animal life exists in this desert landscape! Use your eyes and your ears when looking for wildlife in the Anza-Borrego state park. A pair of binoculars is really handy for when you think you are seeing something and not sure if it's a rock or not!
about 5 years ago

Big horn sheep up close and personal

We visited friends in Borrego Springs, a tiny CA town on the other side of the mountains from Palm Springs. After breakfast, we took a walk toward the mountains to our northwest. And there to our utter amazement and delight, a herd of big horn sheep came down from the top of the mountain, crossed the street, and proceeded to the golf course where they grazed, unfazed by all the attention they were garnering. Really, they came within feet of us. I hid behind a tree because they can be quite dangerous. But, oh, the sight. We will never forget it. They were eventually "driven" off by the golf course guy in a golf cart. We then got to watch them bound up the mountain from whence they came. Because this part of California is a desert, these animals can be observed throughout the year. But because they are wild, it's a matter of being in the right place at the right time. Still Borrego Springs is worth the trip. There is a state park there with a great visitors center and ample places to hike and bike ride. And star gaze. It is very special.
AFAR Local Expert
about 5 years ago

Hiking in beautiful Anza-Borrego State Park

There are many trails in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Whether you want to hike through canyons, see vistas, find out of the way hikes to look at pictographs, visit a Yaqui well or a 20ft waterfall - your choice - there are many options here in Anza-Borrego. Always be sure and check in at the state park center before you hike out to learn of trail conditions. Also, bring plenty of water. This is a desert! Unless you enjoy heatstroke, I only recommend hiking during the months of November through March. If you hike during any other month, do so early in the morning, it gets really hot by 9am.
AFAR Local Expert
about 5 years ago

Famous wildflowers in Anza-Borrego state park

During the months of February through March the dry desert landscape of Anza Borrego explodes into a tapestry of color. Pick up a $5 flower guide from the state park center or the natural history association and see how many you can identify. People come here from all over the world during the spring months to see the desert floor come alive in color with the blooms of desert chicory, monkey flower, desert star, sand verbena, desert dandelion, desert lily, dune sunflower and more. During this time in February and March, you can find festivals going on that celebrate the flowers through local art and culture.
AFAR Ambassador
about 5 years ago

Wildflower hikes In The Anza Borrego Desert

Palm Canyon Desert Hike in Anza Borrego. I highly recommend doing this hike if you are in the area. It was unbelievable to see all of this life flourishing under the hot desert sun. Around every corner there were different plants, animals, a small river and then finally the canyon filled with palm trees! The hike is called the Palm Canyon Hike and is about 6.5 miles R/T. It is worth it but make sure you bring a ton of water with you! It can get very, very hot. Spring is the best time to see the wildflowers and be sure to take extra precautions (lots of water, sunblock, etc) if you are headed out any time during the summer.
about 5 years ago

Spring Desert Hike

Hiking to the Palm Oasis in the middle of a desert is very surreal. Go at the end of March for the best bet on catching the cactus blooms.