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. The area was anciently the northern part of the Gulf of California, but during the Pleistocene the Colorado River delta grew across the gulf, severing
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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.

See other parks in California.
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The wave starts down in San Diego, especially beautiful in the Anza Borrego Desert, and then gradually heads north.
Western yellow bat surveys included palm oases within the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument, Joshua Tree National Park, the Coachella Valley Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan, Anza Borrego Desert State Park, and on Bureau of Land Management lands (Table 1).
Later, in reviewing the Pleistocene material from Vallecito Creek deposits in the Anza Borrego Desert, she noted (1963) that while other bones agreed in size with P.
But when Denise, 31, whose maiden name was Wardill, ended their relationship in September 2000, obsessed Hamilton strangled her and dumped her body in the Anza Borrego Desert east of San Diego.
But when Denise, 31, ended their relationship an obsessed Hamilton strangled her and dumped her body in the Anza Borrego Desert, east of San Diego.
They eventually regrouped near what is now Anza Borrego Desert State Park, in northern San Diego County, California.
Beyond enormous sand dunes, which forced Anza to detour, the path turns north again through the Anza Borrego Desert and over mountains into the Los Angeles Basin, where the emigrants picked up the mission trail to Monterey.
1000 h on 20 February 2011, we observed a greater roadrunner hunting for prey near the Visitor Center at Anza Borrego State Park, San Diego County, California (33[degrees]15'26.69"N, 116[degrees]24'15.96"W).
Late Cenozoic lizards of the Anza Borrego Desert, California.