Anza-Borrego Desert State Park by Sheri McGregor

By Sheri McGregor

Anza Borrego wasteland country Park is the most important barren region park within the usa, drawing nearly 650,000 viewers in keeping with 12 months. Combining unique narrative with GPS-based path maps, Day and in a single day Hikes: Anza-Borrego wilderness nation Park breaks down the simplest of the simplest hikes, either day and in a single day. even if it is the most sensible view over Culp Valley, a stroll via Hellhole Canyon, or a flat stroll via hills and dales close to the Salton Sea, Day and in a single day Hikes is the definitive go-to consultant to benefit from the biggest wilderness park within the usa, simply an hour's force from San Diego.

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The path levels into a plateau and continues east for another quarter mile or so, then evaporates as the land begins to dip. Head left to boulder outcroppings just a few yards north of the trail, and glimpse Borrego Springs in the distant valley. To the northeast, the Salton Sea, California’s largest lake, stretches out like a misty blue ribbon. This is a good place to catnap on the rocks or pause for lunch. If you’ve packed in overnight supplies, set up camp. Then sit back and relax as the shadows lengthen and eclipse the light, giving way to velvety twilight and the bright sparks of the stars and moon.

The first palm grove is a good place to turn around if you’re averse to boulder hopping. 5 miles remain to reach the falls, which are a delight. As you hike around boulders and up over those that require some climbing, flat sections of trail reappear for short stretches. Pass through areas where water trickles, making its way down the canyon. In the late fall, the sycamore leaves turn a tangerine orange, lighting up the drab, rocky landscape. When you reach Maidenhair Falls, you’ll recognize it for its namesake.

Anza refers to Juan Bautista de Anza, whose expeditions opened the first roadway into California. Borrego is the Spanish word for “lamb”—fitting because the region is home to wild Peninsular bighorn sheep. In essence, the life and journeys of de Anza provide a metaphor for the idea of progress and the settling of lands. The Peninsular bighorn sheep, now endangered, represent the wild. Thus, the joining of these two words demonstrates the delicate balance between civilization and wilderness, which is well presented in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.

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