"Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is the largest state park in California. Five-hundred miles of dirt roads, 12 wilderness areas and miles of hiking trails provide visitors with an unparalleled opportunity to experience the wonders of the California Desert. The park is named after Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza and the Spanish name borrego, or bighorn sheep. The park features washes, wildflowers, palm groves, cacti and sweeping vistas. Visitors may also have the chance to see roadrunner, golden eagles, kit foxes, mule deer and bighorn sheep as well as iguanas, chuckwallas and the red diamond rattlesnake." (from the California State Parks web site)


The "Park" commonly refers to the trails near the Visitors' Center leading to Palm Canyon and the Oasis and is a nature photographer's paradise, especially during the flowering season in early Spring. But many other photographic opportunites are available in the town of Borrego Springs and vicinity, especially along Henderson Road. There are also beautiful church buildings in the town. Highway S22 - the entrance from the east - takes you through a geological journey in the "Borrego Badlands."

Another marvellous location introduced to me by my friend, Raeburn Solberg, is along highway S3 proceeding south of Borrego Springs through Yaqui Pass, where we found many desert cacti.

Below are links to photographs from several trips.

— Richard Jones

image Anza Borrego Desert State Park

image Borrego Springs Vicinity

image Borrego Springs Churches

image Highway S3

image Highway S22

image Grapevine Canyon

image Plum Canyon

image Yaqui Well

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