Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park,

c.639 sq mi (1,655 sq km), S Calif., occupying most of E San Diego co. and neighboring portions of Riverside and Imperial cos.; est. 1933. Part of the Colorado Desert, the park is the largest desert state park in the contiguous 48 states and one of the nation's largest state parks. It is notable for its desert plants (including sometimes spectacular wildflowers), colorful canyons (some of them containing palm groves), badlands, and pine-covered mountains. Part of the Santa Rosa Mts. are in the northern section of the park, which surrounds, but does not include, the Borrego Springs resort area. The Vallecito Mts. are in the center of the park, and the Jacumba Mts. in its south. The Pacific Crest Trail passes through western sections of the park, and the Salton SeaSalton Sea
, saline lake, 370 sq mi (958 sq km), northern part of the Imperial Valley, SE Calif.; 232 ft (71 m) below sea level. Salton Sea was formed as the Colorado River delta grew across the Gulf of California, severing the river's northern part.
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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Location:North of San Diego via I-8 from the south or Highways 78 & 79 from the east and west.
Facilities:3 campgrounds that include developed and full-hookup sites, tent sites, primitive sites, and @di sites; group campsites; picnic areas; hiking trails, horseback trails, nature trails; restrooms, visitor center, exhibits (é).
Activities:Camping, hiking, horseback riding, wildlife viewing, guided tours.
Special Features:Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is the largest state park in California, with 500 miles of dirt roads, 12 wilderness areas, and miles of hiking trails affording visitors the opportunity to experience the wonders of the Colorado Desert. The park features washes, wildflowers, palm groves, cacti, and sweeping vistas, as well as a wide range of animal life, from roadrunners to mule deer and bighorn sheep to the red diamond rattlesnake.
Address:c/o Colorado Desert District Office
200 Palm Canyon Dr
Borrego Springs, CA 92004

Size: 584,065 acres. Elevation: 15 to 6,193 feet.

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Already the temperature is rising fast, at barely eight o'clock on a summer morning in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.
Mark Jorgensen - Since retiring from California State Parks in early 2009, Mark has devoted hundreds of volunteer hours to help preserve land and habitat in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and has enriched environmental education for youth and adults in San Diego County.
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, the largest state park in California is on the eastern side of San Diego County and is accessible from east or west via California highways 2, 22 and 78.
The backcountry roads are found in the Death Valley, Owens Valley, Joshua Tree, Red Rock Canyon State Park, Barstow, Mojave, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Salton Sea, and Colorado River regions.
Vast, rugged Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, northeast of San Diego, is famed for early-spring desert blooms, but late fall is lovely here--daytime highs in the 705, lows in the sos--ideal for hiking the Borrego Palm Canyon Trail.
The wildflower show is best right now at lower elevations, like the lower reaches of the Santa Monica Mountains, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in San Diego County, the Coachella Valley in Riverside County and southern Death Valley, which got record amounts of rain, Dutcher said.
The Scorpion King's producer Richard Rothschild said the FCF program reimbursed Universal Pictures nearly $160,000 for filming at such Southern California locations as Malibu Creek State Park, Bronson Canyon, Rocky Peak Park, Buttercup Valley and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, CA Eighty miles from San Diego, tucked among ocotillo and barrel cactus, is the pueblo-style Borrego Valley Inn, where there are two pools, and many of the 15 rooms have private patios for night-sky viewing, in-room fireplaces, and kitchenettes.
The wildflower show is best right now at lower elevations, such as Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in San Diego County, the Coachella Valley in Riverside County and southern Death Valley, which got record amounts of rain, Southern California wildflower expert Sid Dutcher said.
Travelers can also use "San Diego" to plan day trips to the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Carlsbad, Julian, Palomar Mountain, Tijuana and local wineries.