Anza Borrego Desert State Park

April 20, 2008 at 2:03 pm 3 comments

Font’s Point, Anza Borrego Desert State Park, San Diego County, California

Perched on top of the cliff at Font’s Point overlooking the twisted badlands that runs as far as my eyes can see is one of the many wonderful gifts of nature that makes me almost in tears from awe and from amazement. 

Font’s Point, Anza Borrego Desert State Park, CA

” Four milion years of geologic and paleontologic history are exhibited across the stark desert landscape here at Font’s Point. This may be the best place in North America to view sediments of the Pliocene and Pleistocene Epochs.” –  http://www.desertusa.com/anza_borrego/du-abpbobad.html

Being up close to the magnificent power of nature, hard it may be to fathom, always brings me a positive feeling of gratitude and a yearning for understanding, so we all can live harmoniously in this beautiful but fragile world.

Multi-Hued Borrego Badlands, Anza Borrego Desert State Park

The desert, may look harsh and unforgiving and hosts one of the most fragile ecosystems on our planet, yet its sculpted formations is also one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Its unique sense of peacefulness, its exposed twisted layers of the earth so vast to fathom, and its surreal beauty are all there for us to look deeper to hopefully learn and understand more. Barren it may be, yet the desert ladscape becomes a paradise of colors in early spring after a wet winter.

Desert Valley turns into a Paradise of Color, Anza Borrego Desert State Park

The desert sand verbena and evening dune primrose brings a natural fragrance into the air.

Fragrance that fills the whole desert valley along Henderson Canyon. 

Wildflowers at the end of Di Giorgio Road

However, this display of wildflowers leaves as soon as it comes. The wildflower at the valley floor usually peaks first and lasts for about a month. After the valley floor, the higher elevation and the cacti follows the bloom.

Brittlebush, Anza Borrego Desert State Park

Blooming Ocotillo, Anza Borrego Desert State Park

Blooming Beavertail Cactus, Anza Borrego Desert State Park

Blooming Cacti, Anza Borrego Desert State Park

If you come to Anza Borrego to see this other desert located at the eastern side of San Diego County, do make a stop at their Visitor Center ( http://www.desertusa.com/anza_borrego/visitor_new.html ), which is located 2 miles West of downtown Borrego Springs. They have very interesting exhibits and videos about the geological forces that shaped the landscape, life forms and human stories of the Anza Borrego region, and features a small slot canyon entrance. The video will not only whet your appetite to see more of Anza Borrego at different seasons, but helps you learn more about the ecosystem of the park and gives an idea on interesting places to go. The park rangers are very helpful also in answering questions about the features of the park. Outside the visitor center is a nature trail that gives an overview of the plant habitat around the park.

For detailed hiking information and guide, we usually use Jerry Schad’s ” A Foot and a Field in San Diego County.” However, I do not see an on-line link to this wonderful hiking book, thus for some on-line informatioon about the hiking trails in Anza Borrego, please visit this site: http://www.desertusa.com/Thingstodo/du_absp_hike.html. A map of Anza Borrego Desert State Park is also provided in that link.

For more description of Anza Borrego Desert State Park and its Natural History, please visit this link: http://www.desertusa.com/anza_borrego/du_abp_desc.html

If you get a chance to visit San Diego, and have some interest in geology and the natural wonders in a desert landscape, do make some plans to visit Anza Borrego, and experience the unique plant and life habitat

The Cycle of Life, Anza Borrego Desert State Park

that exists in the midst of the rocky geography and corrugated badlands.

Green Bushes Amidst the Multi Hued Badlands, Anza Borrego Desert State Park

Come, and be amazed with the wonders of Anza Borrego, The Other Desert. And the other side of the more known coastal landscape of San Diego County, California.

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  • 1. Ben  |  June 9, 2008 at 12:47 am

    Thanks for the reminder that the desert has its own charm and beauty. The desert in bloom is truly a sight to see. Your photos of Desert Sand Verbena and Evening Dune Primrose are particularly beautiful. I cannot think of a better example of triumph in the face adversity.
    I’m happy to hear you’re leaving for Yosemite in a week! It’s great too that you’re taking your 12 year old kid. I was not much older when I first saw Yosemite, and it was an experience that began my love affair with nature. You should take the slight detour to Indian Rock. You can almost see Indian Rock from the trail to North Dome.

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  • 2. betchai  |  June 9, 2008 at 10:33 am

    Hi Ben,

    Thanks a lot! Actually, we do not have a kid yet :), we’re bringing along my husband’s 12 yr old niece :). Yes, we hope she would enjoy it a lot. She enjoys hiking whenever she spends some time in San Diego, and is more into challenge, but we just do not know how she would fare at high elevation, especially coming from Midwest. But hopefully, all will be well. I am excited, there are so many places to hike in Yosemite, and we can not do it all in one visit, otherwise, we all will be dead tired.

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  • 3. DSD  |  June 10, 2008 at 11:06 am

    What a beautiful area!
    Just amazing…
    DSD

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