|Red wave over Anza Borrego State Park|
Anza Borrego is a national park sized state park. In fact, its larger than 42 of our 58 national parks! This is to say, there is much to explore within its regions. There is also a great deal of variation in elevation and environment. The western portion of the park flanks the mountains east of San Diego and create the rainshadow. The northern end of the park lies close to the 8,716ft Toro Peak which is high enough to receive snow. East of here lies the Salton Sink which contains the Salton Sea. This "accidental" sea is over twice the size of Lake Tahoe and is essentially a giant basin. The central and southern portions of the park contain a great deal of Native American history along with hundreds of off road and hiking trails.
|A very visual display of the rainshadow effect|
Anza Borrego is a hiker's paradise. The trails are generally unique and designed to give the hiker good views of the Colorado Desert. In the winter, these trails can be downright pleasant and its cool enough to comfortably cover some good distance. The Pictograph Trail, in the south-central part of the park, takes the hiker to some ancient Native American pictographs which have somehow survived hundreds of years of heat, cold, and flash floods. The Marshal Homestead can also be reached from this area. The ruins are somewhat derelict but the story behind them is very humorous! Lastly, my favorite hike of Anza Borrego State Park is The Slot which is a true slot canyon that is 100ft deep at some points.
|Ancient Native American Pictographs|
|Wildflowers in bloom at Anza Borrego State Park|
Next up, I'll tell you how to hike The Slot!
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