Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, a Quiet Alternative to Palm Springs

Even California locals may be surprised to discover that there is a vast desert state park nearly the size of Rhode Island only 90 minutes away from civilization in Palm Springs and San Diego.
The permanently protected 650,000-acre Anza-Borrego Desert State Park retains its historical Wild West roots, with gold mines, old stage routes, and desert flora and fauna.

The terrain can vary from 6,000 ft. above sea level studded with pines and oak to a flatter barren topography that feels like you’re on the moon.There is nothing contrived about this desert landscape—it has real rockscapes sculpted over centuries, creating an eerie and otherworldly experience, including formations that are like a mini-version of the Grand Canyon. In the distance you can see what looks like a mirage, but it’s really the Salton Sea, right at the base of southern segment (known as the Mojave segment) of the San Andreas Fault.

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