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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Address: 200 Palm Canyon Dr, Borrego Springs, CA 92004
Phone Number: 760 767 5311
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Deserts, Scenic Drives, State Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Viewing foliage
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The largest state park in California is home to amazing flowers and plants which bloom in the early...
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Type: Deserts, Scenic Drives, State Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Viewing foliage
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The largest state park in California is home to amazing flowers and plants which bloom in the early spring.

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Menlo Park, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

The ABDNA hosts free stargazing events in Borrego Springs. You can check their website for event info. We caught one of the events on Nov 22, 2014 behind a church in town. The hosts were very knowledgeable and there were multiple telescopes for your viewing pleasure. There were more stars than we have ever seen and we couldn't have asked... More 

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San Diego, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Great hiking ,jeep trails ,wildflowers in the spring,miles of off roading. You can start with any easy hike up palm Canyon, take a full day in Blair Valley or a long hike into Coyote Canyon .

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Escondido CA
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59 reviews 59 reviews
22 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

We camped at the Palm Canyon Campground the weekend preceding Thanksgiving. The place was booked solid Thanksgiving week, apparently a tradition among regulars. Although we have a small RV we avoided the full hook up sites which are basically a parking lot. We choose #115, our friends reserved 111 and 103; all fairly dispersed and closer to the Palm Canyon... More 

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San Carlos, California
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41 reviews 41 reviews
7 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

This is a terrific little hike down a very narrow slot canyon. It's about a mile to the end of the slot. Keep going down the wash to see fantastic wind-shaped sandstone formations.

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chicago, illinois
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67 reviews 67 reviews
26 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Anza is beautiful. It is a desert. Take plenty of water and stay on the trail. Some of the nicest trails are right off of S22. We have been driving the jeep road in Coyote Canyon for years. However, this summer, AB had several hard rains. The road is not in good shape and we got stuck after about 3... More 

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Sacramento, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Loved it! I hiked the Palm Canyon Trail and even though there was no water due to the draught, the hike was still beautiful. Traveling around the park, I so many different plants and cacti. I'd never seen so many attractive things growing in a desert. I can definitely see why Anza Borrego Desert State Park is considered the jewel... More 

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Agoura Hills, California
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263 reviews 263 reviews
97 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

We spent the day driving around through the park and doing short hikes from the paved roads. On the way to the visitors center there is a short nature trail called Cactus Loop Trail (on S3 just off the 78) with signs/trail guide brochure explaining the flora and fauna of the area. It is a nice hike and gives you... More 

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San Diego, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

"You can't get there from here" should be on the bumper stickers. You need 4WD to get to the hiking trails. There is no food in this town and very little to do. Why does it get such great reviews?

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Liked the hiking and the varied landscapes of the Park, which we enjoyed with the benefit of a 4WD Jeep.

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Olympia, WA
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

This is a place that grows on you. With a park the size of Rhode Island, there are plenty of places to find peace and solitude if you try. The geology is fascinating, with all sorts of interesting stories. If you just walk a ways, you may be rewarded with the sighting of a small flower or a Bighorn Sheep.... More 

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