Anza-Borrego State Park

Straddle the Sunrise

Hike Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in summer for spectacular desert views.

When the Anza-Borrego Foundation bought the ranch, they saved the ranch.

MTS chief Jablonski railroaded?

Congressmen seek answers regarding backcountry railway deal

United States congressmen Duncan Hunter and Jeff Denham have put Metropolitan Transit System on notice: Explain the reason for delays and the transit authority's reasoning for granting a non-experienced, allegedly corrupt company a 99-year lease ...

Canyon adventure two-for-one

Explore two very different canyons while looking for bighorn sheep.

Stalk bighorn sheep in the Anza-Borrego...but don’t drink their water.

In the footsteps of the Cahuilla

Walk an old Indian trail to a hidden playa

Here is your chance to walk on trails the Cahuilla used to travel between their old Santa Rosa village in Rockhouse Canyon and villages in Coyote Canyon. Although the trail is a little hard to ...

Hedgehog, teddy bear, staghorn

A wagon road in Plum Canyon is difficult to fathom.

Hike part of the California Riding and Hiking Trail to an overview of Shelter Valley.

Movement, pressure, and force

Geologic processes at work in the Narrows Earth Trail and Quartz Vein Wash

The Narrows Earth Trail, located at the “Narrows” where San Felipe Creek turns abruptly northeast just east of the junction with Pinyon Wash, is the perfect place to observe geology and earth movement in action. ...

Layers of history in Bow Willow

Visit a historic line shack made of rock on the vigorous Bow Willow-Rockhouse Canyon desert loop hike.

Exploring a rare commodity in Anza-Borrego

Hike where modern California began and Cahuilla Indians died.

Make your way through a lush riparian area and loop back to an overview of a historic spring.

Waterfalls, boulders, and beaches in Cougar Canyon

Hike into a lush desert riparian setting with waterfalls, pools, and shady trees.

Cougar Canyon is one of the delights of Coyote Canyon. It has willows, sycamores, and cottonwood trees in a lush riparian oasis where waterfalls cascade into deep pools surrounded by huge boulders and sandy beaches. ...

Schist and intrusions in Cool Canyon

Colorful walls of metamorphic schist and intrusions of granite and quartz make this an interesting canyon hike.

Bow Willow to Mountain Palm Springs

Camp where the Kumeyaay lived in the Anza-Borrego.

Hike from a Kumeyaay seasonal village site to an elephant tree “forest” and palm groves.

Elephant Tree Trail, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Hike to a rare plant once thought to be the only one in the county.

The elephant tree (Bursera microphylla) is rarely found in the United States. It is found in the Gila Range of Arizona and, more commonly, in Baja California and Sonora, Mexico. For many years it was ...

No drinking water at desert campground

Tamarisk Grove in the Anza-Borrego needs filtration plant

Picnic tables — check. Fire pits — check. Hot showers — check. Flush toilets — check. Wash basins — check. Drinking water — check. Wait — go back to that last one. Turns out the ...

Ironwood Wash and Canyon

Hike in a pristine desert wilderness where over 100 ironwood trees are found.

Ironwood Wash and Canyon are not on any map prior to March 11, 2010. That was the date that the U.S. Board on Geographic Names unanimously approved the official naming of this wash and canyon, ...

Morteros Trail (Anza-Borrego Desert State Park)

View Kumeyaay rock art, a rock shelter, and bedrock mortars in a cultural preserve.

The Morteros Trail is part of the 4757-acre Little Blair Valley Cultural Preserve that was created in December 2010 in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. The area was a seasonal home for the Kumeyaay people who ...

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