Anza-Borrego Desert State Park California

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Anza Borrego - The Overview

Anza Borrego - The Overview
An 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.

The Badlands in Anza BorregoBorrego Badlands
This spectacular area, with its arid rocky geography, sunken mesas and corrugated hills of dry mud, is called the Badlands of Anza Borrego. See the Pumpkin Patch, 17 Palms, 5 Palms, and Arroyo Salado Wash. Conglomerates, sandstones, claystones and mudstones, compressed and hardened, chronicle a variety of landscapes, fossil life forms and climates that no longer exist at Anza-Borrego.

Carrizo Badlands: Mud Caves and Canyon Sin NombreCarrizo Badlands: Mud Caves & Canyon Sin Nombre
Carrizo Badlands- The Mud Caves are found along the walls of Arroyo Tapiado canyon. One of the most extensive mud cave systems in the world, they contain approximately 22 known caves and 9 slot canyons.   Some mud caves extend over 1000 feet and feature 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.

Coyote Canyon Coyote Canyon to Lower Willows
Coyote Canyon is a 4x4 route in Anza Borrego Desert State Park whose entrance is marked by the Borrego Angel. This canyon was a corridor that was used by Anza in 1775 to bring settlers to California. Come along with the DesertUSA crew as we navigate this trail, cross a flooded wash, and encounter equestrians.

Fish Creek WashFish Creek Wash
Fish Creek Wash is an easy 4WD route that passes through Split Mountain, winding through a gorge between the Vallecito and Fish Creek Mountains. View this area, including the "anticline," an unusual formation created during an earthquake 5 million years ago, the Elephant Knees mud hill formation, and the Wind Caves.

Fonts PointFonts Point
Join the crew of DesertUSA and take a trip to Fonts Point in the Borrego Badlands. Font's Point may be the best place in North America to view sediments of the Pliocene and Pleistocene Epochs.

Are your riding your ATV over GOLD?Are You Riding Your ATV Over Gold?
One of the most famous prospectors of the time, trapper/gold seeker “Pegleg Smith” traveled through the Anza-Borrego Desert region. It is rumored that he discovered black gold somewhere in the east part of the Park. Where Pegleg Smith found his gold has never been discovered, or if it has, the location has never been published or verified.

Ocotillo Wells SVRAOcotillo Wells SVRA
Located off of California SR 78, Ocotillo Wells has quickly become a preferred destination for ATVs, dirt bikes and dune buggies. Join DesertUSA as we take a look at what draws so many people to this location - almost 2 million people in 2007! Points of interested included in this video include the Gas Domes' mud pots and the Pumpkin Patch's mysterious round rocks.

The Ghost Mountain MovieAnza Borrego - The Ghost Mountain Movie (Movie Preview)
An unmarked grave in Julian, CA and a shattered adobe house on top of Ghost Mountain in the Anza Borrego Desert are all that is left of Marshal South and his family's utopian experiment in the wilderness. Originally told in the pages of Desert Magazine by the Souths themselves, the story is now illuminated in a documentary DVD. Enjoy the film preview's great shots of the desert!

Gomphotheriums stand in Anza Borrego again.Borrego Springs, CA - Free Standing Art Structures
History is unfolding in Borrego Springs with the placement of the Gomphotherium free standing art structures. These creatures lived in the area about 3 million years ago. Dennis Avery, landowner of Galleta Meadows Estates has added 'free standing art', original steel welded sculptures created by Perris Jurassic Park's Ricardo Breceda.

Bighorn Sheep

The Desert Bighorn Sheep Video #1 Bighorn Sheep - The Desert Bighorn Sheep formerly ranged in the Rocky Mountains from southern Canada to Colorado, but are now reduced to areas where small bands are protected by inaccessible habitat or by refuges. Join us as we take a look at these reclusive creatures.

Bighorn Sheep Video #2- Watch a Desert Bighorn grazing on grasses on a rocky hillside, then gamboling up the hill. Great shots of this beautiful animal against the skies of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.


With more than 600,000 acres, Anza Borrego Desert State Park, has 7 unique areas that you can explore.

 Anza /Visitor Center Area | Blair Valley Area | Borrego Badlands Area
Bow Willow Area
 | Fish Creek Area  | Santa Rosa Area | Tamarisk Grove Area
Things to Do in the park.


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Joshua Tree National Park - Black Eagle Mine Road Video - Beginning 6.5 miles north of the Cottonwood Visitor Center, this dead-end dirt road runs along the edge of Pinto Basin, crosses several dry washes, and then winds up through canyons in the Eagle Mountains. The first 9 + miles of the road are within the park boundary. Beyond that point is BLM land. Several old mines are located near this road.

Ocotillo Wells - Are You Riding Your ATV Over Gold? One of the most famous prospectors of the time, trapper/gold seeker "Pegleg Smith" traveled through the Anza Borrego region. It's rumored he discovered black gold somewhere in the east part of the Park. Where he found his gold has never been discovered, or if it has, the location has never been published or verified.

Randsburg, Living Ghost Town Video
Randsburg, California is located southwest of Ridgecrest, just off of Highway 395. Gold was first discovered here in 1895 at the Yellow Aster Mine. The mines of the area have produced over one million ounces of gold. Today the gold mining activities have been replaced by tourists shopping for antiques, part-time prospectors, and off-roaders looking for food and a rest stop.

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