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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

200 Palm Canyon Dr, Borrego Springs, CA 92004
760 767 5311
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As featured in Daytrips from San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks, Deserts, Scenic Drives
Activities: Viewing foliage
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Description: The largest state park in California is home to amazing flowers and plants which bloom in the early spring.
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Los Angeles, California
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118 reviews 118 reviews
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

Really amazing to see the change of scenery from the top of the mountain road out of Warner Springs, all the way out to the Salton Sea! Different layers of earth, plant and animal life, and misplaced slot canyons and palm groves make for a gorgeous drive. We would have liked to do some hiking but it was well over... More

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Los Angeles, California
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51 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

The park was a great to drive thru on the way to Borrego Springs, the curves do get pretty sharp on the way down the mountain, and there are plenty of signs reminding one to watch their speed, but what is truly memorable is the beauty of the desert mountains, the large boulders the sizes of houses strewn about the... More

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

I have been out here too numerous times to count and have always enjoyed coming to the Visitors Center. It's laid out very nicely underground in a sense so as not to take away from the landscape. There is plenty of information from volunteers who are always happy to talk with you. The exhibits are good for what they are.... More

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Laguna Niguel, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

If you like desert enviroement This park is a must see. A combination of low desert and high mountain. The road from Ranchita to park camp ground is on e of the most beautiful road in the world and I am a world traveller. If you like driving this 13 miles drive is just a joy.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

I spent a few hours hiking in the park with my young son and we had a lot of fun. To help keep my son engaged and entertained during our hike, I found an interesting iPhone app called "Git Your Goat." It lets you create a lot of goats along the trail and when you reach the spot with a... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Quiet, spectacular views, a good place to reconnect with yourself and your soulmate. There is nothing like the smell of the desert at night and the quiet tranquility it inspires. The golf was good at De Anza. The course is short and simple, about 6000 yards. The Ram course was not open but it is a great test of golf.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Great place to go, lots of hikes within a couple minutes of each other. We did the Oasis trail, "The Slot" and one other small trail I can't recall the name of. Bring plenty of backup water in your vehicle. We didn't end up anywhere close to using all of our water, but it can't hurt. Getting to The Slot... More

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Pensacola, FL
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Twenty five years ago I rode a bicycle over Cal 78 from Oceanside, through Julian and through the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Last weekend my son took me over the route. Last time I took this route the weather was 38 degree driving rain. A cup of hot chocolate in Julian saved me from hypothermia. We drove down 78 to... More

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California
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

When you visit stop at the state park visitors center for advice and suggestions. They will quiz you a bit to find your interests and abilities, then will make suggestions. These docents live nearby and love the desert life, so can make good suggestions. The visitors center is free (outside the campground) and has a great garden to learn the... More

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Oceanside, California, United States
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

During our time in Oceanside, CA, we periodically would ride our Ultra-Classic Harley-Davidson motorcycle, out to the Anza-Borrego Desert. The majestic views from the ridge of the mountains, out over the desert floor are beyond compare! In Spring, seeing the various lovely flowers growing along the mountain sides and the cactus flowers are truly breathtaking!

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