Anza Borrego Desert is the largest state park in the Southwest, covering 600,000 acres from the
edge of the coastal mountains east to the Salton Sea and south almost to the US/Mexico border. The
elevation ranges from 6,200 feet to just 150 feet; the land beyond the east edge descends to below
sea level, and the temperature can be appropriately extreme, with 120°F not uncommon. The average
July maximum is 110°F and a 30°F difference possible between the often cloud covered western peaks
and the parched deserts far below. Such is the heat in summer that the visitor centre is open only
at weekends, as far fewer people visit here than in the cooler seasons.
Three main roads lead into Anza Borrego Desert State Park; S22 across the north, CA 78 across the
middle and S2 running southeast-northwest, mostly close to the western edge. There are many unpaved
tracks leading into the backcountry but the majority require 4WD. The dispersed town of Borrego
Springs lies at the centre of the park, which is characterised by one large flat basin bordered on
three sides by the mountain ranges. The slopes hide many canyons with palms, cacti and yucca near
the basin changing through bushes to pine trees near the summits.
The high country offers plenty of trails, some of which extend into the adjacent Cleveland and
San Bernadino National Forest lands to the west and north, and these areas are especially popular
in summer when the heat in the lower areas can be too intense. Away from the hills, most of the
park is desert - covered by densely growing cacti in some areas but with bare rock and eroded badlands
in others, through which run numerous narrow, slot-like canyons and other interesting rocky features.
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