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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