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Austere Enchantment

Anza Borrego can seem monochromatic and sparse but wander down one of the many deep canyons in the Badlands and every twist will open up new sculpted vistas.

This California state park does not have a developed paved road network like many of the national desert parks. Most of the sights can only be seen on dirt roads and in dry washes. A 4 x 4 vehicle is highly reccomended. With the heavy rains in the winter of 2004-2005 there are landslides blocking canyons and rough conditions that only a skilled off road driver with a built-up truck can make. Ask at the visitors center about the current road conditions before attempting to explore the park.

Mud Hills and Deep Canyon Washes

Wandering through the Anza Borrego Desert you can see a landscape made up of alluvial fans, plateaus, stark mountain ranges and the badlands. It is subtler than Joshua Tree National Park but look closely and you will become smitten with the harsh beauty.

Geology Unfolds

Erosion in the Badlands exposes layers of different stratas in the steep walls of the canyons.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A desert Unlike the Others
  • Cons:Need a 4 x 4 to fully explore the region
  • In a nutshell:Desolation close to Urban Living
  • Last visit to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park: Feb 2005
  • Intro Updated Feb 12, 2005
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  • Feb 7, 2006 at 9:39 AM

    Great page! Your photo of the sunrise at Borrego Springs is stunning!

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    Feb 12, 2005 at 2:29 PM

    Great transportation tips. I like the desert and must come back and check out the rest of the pics & tips!

  • karenincalifornia's Profile Photo
    Feb 12, 2005 at 10:43 AM

    What a beautiful place! I see you have a fine appreciation of the deserts. Thanks for sending me the link to your flower photos. They were stunning! You are a very good photographer.

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