Adventure Awaits 01: Under The Sea

W e l c o m e  t o . . .  

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park 


“Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is the largest state park in California. Five hundred miles of dirt roads, 12 wilderness areas and many miles of hiking trails provide visitors with an unparalleled opportunity to experience the wonders of the California Desert. The park is named for Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza and the Spanish word borrego, or bighorn sheep. The park features washes, wildflowers, palm groves, cacti and sweeping vistas.”

~ CA Parks & Recreation


 ◊ special notes: peak bloom is early in the season; we went early March.
Take lots of water! Dehydrating is easy.

I’m not really a person for the heat (Coast… Dweller…), but I have never missed a state park vacation as much as I missed this desert. It was so different from my usual redwood landscape, I was mesmerized the entire trip. Usually my husband and I are the only people (that we encounter) botanizing in a heavily visited park like this. So we were extremely excited to see dozens of people bent over looking at wildflowers: a truly amazing site for a botanist. The native flowering plants were the only things that could get my husband and I out of the air conditioned car (Coast… Dweller…) and we couldn’t stay out long. Luckily there are plenty of sites to see from the car & on mini hikes. We saved all our long hikes for the evening – perfect temperatures. “Borrego Springs is a Dark Sky Community,” so go on and take that night hike, we did. Right into hellhole canyon as the sunset and out in the pitch black dark! Well, mostly dark: you can definitely see the town lights from Borrego Springs climbing out of the canyon, but it was appreciated as a guide out of the canyon. The last crazy beautiful thing to see at the end of the day is the gorgeous moon rise. The moon was SO UNBELIEVABLY ORANGE, I wish I could have captured it for you readers… You’ll just have to go see for yourselves!

⌊ Activities ⌉   Hiking, Botanizing, Cycling, Camping, Horse riding, Geologizing . . .

Park Map

⌈ My Adventure Points ⌋
– Visitor Center (Check out the Native Desert Garden)
– Hellhole Canyon (twice!)
– Culp Valley (camping)
– Cactus loop
– Plum Canyon
– Pinyon Mountain Road & Pinyon Mountains

– Blair Valley Area
– Mountain Palm Springs
– Carrizo Badlands Overlook


Flora & Fauna

Agave deserti (Desert agave)
Camissonia claviformis
(Brown-eyed evening primrose)
Cylindropuntia bigelovii (Teddy-Bear Cactus)
Cylindropuntia ganderi (Gander Cholla)
Echinocereus engelmannii (Hedgehog Cactus)
Encelia farinosa (Brittlebush)

Eriophyllum sp. (Desert Woolly Daisy)
Eschscholzia minutiflora (Pygmy Gold Poppy)
Ferocactus cylindraceus (California barrel cactus)
Fouquieria splendens (Ocotillo)
Hyptis emoryi (Desert Lavender)
Juniperus sp. (Juniper)
Justicia californica (Chuparosa)

Larrea tridentata (Creosote Bush)
Lupinus arizonicus (Arizona Lupine)
Malacothrix glabrata (Desert Dandelion)
Mammillaria dioica (Fish-hook cactus)
Mimulus bigelovii (Bigelow Monkeyflower)
Monoptilon bellioides (Mojave Desert Star)
Nama demissum (Purple Mat)
Opuntia basilaris (Beavertail Cactus)
Phacelia campanularia (Canterbury Bells)
Platanus racemosa (California Sycamore)
Prunus fremontii (Desert Apricot)
Psorothamnus spinosus (Smoke Tree)
Salvia columbariae (Chia)
Sphaeralcea ambigua (Apricot Mallow)
Washingtonia filifera (California Fan Palm)
Yucca schidigera (Mohave Yucca) 

Dodder species

*Roadrunners | “most often seen crossing the road”
Bighorn Sheep | “This endangered mammal is the Park’s namesake (borrego).”
*Black-tailed Jackrabbit | “Most active early in the morning and late in the evening”
Golden eagles
*the only Fauna that I saw*


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“Take only photos.                                   

                             Leave only footprints” 



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