Anza-Borrego Desert State Park California
Tamarisk Grove Region
Tamarisk Grove Campgrounds is full-featured with an office providing brochures, maps and information about the park. This mountainous area along the western edge of Anza Borrego park is also regarded as the western edge of the Colorado Desert. This is a starting point for both Yaqui Well Trail and Cactus Loop Trail. Cactus Loop Trail offers 7 different types of cacti, as well as Chuckwallas and other lizards.
Yaqui Well is actually a seep surrounded by Mesquite trees. It is renowned for its bird watching and features Costas Hummingbirds, Phainopepla, owls and doves.
Most of the roads in this region are less than 5 miles long and follow washes that cut into the Pinyon and Vallecito Mountains. These canyons are popular among ambitious hikers through the wilderness of the Vallecitos.
About two miles up Mine Canyon Wash Road is a Kumeyaay winter village site, replete with bedrock mortars which were used to grind foodstuffs by this nomadic band of Native Americans. This area still makes a good spot for a picnic.
The scenic Jasper Trail -- good for mountain bikes and off-road vehicles -- begins near the town of Ranchjita, south from County Road S-22. It descends into Grapevine Canyon, between Pinyon Ridge and Grapevine Mountain, offering many vista points as well as stops at Angelina and Stuart Springs. In the late spring, a medley of chaparral wildflowers like Baby Blue Eyes, Goldfields and Creamcups bloom along Jasper and Old Culp Valley Roads.
With more than 600,000 acres, Anza Borrego Desert State Park, has 7 unique areas that you can explore.
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Anza Borrego Overview A video overview of all the fascinating places in and around Anza Borrego Desert State Park that you can visit, from the Gomphotherium Park in Borrego Springs to the Pumpkin Patch and much more! Watch this video to get an idea of the range of geologic features available to check out in the Park.
Carrizo Badlands - Video of Mud Caves and Canyon Sin Nombre The length of the mud caves varies, with some extending over 1000 feet and featuring ceilings as high as 80 feet. Caves have been reported up to 35 feet wide, and others so narrow, you have to squeeze through openings. Multi-level caves with skylights have been found, where erosion has created an opening, or sinkhole, in the ceiling of the cave. Some of the caves are fairly easy to navigate while others may require you to crawl in sections.
Fonts Point - Borrego Badlands Video
Centered in the arid Borrego Badlands due east of the Visitors Center between County Road S-22 and Route 78, four million years of geologic and paleontologic history are exhibited across a stark desert landscape. Join the crew of DesertUSA and take a road trip to Fonts Point, maybe the best place in North America to view sediments of the Pliocene and Pleistocene Epochs.
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