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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, Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
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, Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
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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Tucson, Arizona
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108 reviews 108 reviews
41 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

We went to the Visitor's Center at Palm Canyon in Borrego Springs and to Culp Valley. The Visitor's Center is "cool" in more ways than one because it's underground! A nice information and exhibit center with friendly, helpful staff and a small gift shop. Outside the Visitor's Center there is 1/4 mile nature trail with a level, hard-packed sand/cinder surface... More 

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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Not a huge fan of the desert,but I have heard the sunrise can be beautiful there. So, I made everyone get up at 4am to make there by 6:30. We did, and it was worth it. The desert has a whole hue of colors you've never imagined. This place is huge, with a top notch visitor's center you must visit.... More 

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Los Altos, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Grand scenery and complicate geology all rolled into one. One of California's grandest state parks. Visit in fall through spring with a bonus of wildflowers.

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San Clemente, California, United States
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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Hiked from visitors center to the Oasis it was as beautiful as ever albeit a little chilly. Family enjoyed the hike make sure you pack in water and snack. Layering recommended as canyon is shady in pm.

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Bucks County, PA
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49 reviews 49 reviews
13 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

We wanted to see the desert and took a day trip from San Diego in January. The drive to Anza-Borrego is lovely - about 90 minutes of rolling farmland, striking mountain drives, then a heart-stopping switchback road down from Julian into the desert. Julian had snow when we were there, and most of southern Cali seemed to be visiting to... More 

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Tayport, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Amazing geology, friendly staff and very well kept in all areas - we just needed more time there. Thanks to Bud and Dorene for a wonderful visit.

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Ottawa, Canada
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51 reviews 51 reviews
17 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

This was my first experience in such a desert environment. My initial reaction was that I was an astronaut who had landed on another planet surrounded by the stillness, huge mountains, barren landscape, and rocks billions of years old. We were the only humans there (group of four). The miles of sharp turns driving there made for a hold on... More 

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Huntington Beach, California
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73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

That Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is not a National Park is bewildering. It is spectacularly beautiful with so much to see and do. You can hike beautiful trails, walk through slot canyons, drive deep into the desert, or just sit back and enjoy the beautiful scenery surrounding you. If possible, try to get to Fonts Point around sunset to see... More 

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Sacramento, California
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11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Great desert park with varied and spectacular topography. Small visitor center provides information on activities in the park. You may drive through the park and see all the landscape variations or plan to spend few days and explore the park on foot. Since its a big park it takes several hours to just cover the park on wheels. Great hikes... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Anza Borrego is a beautfil desert park no matter what time of year you visit. There are lots of terrific hiking options for all types, with great views, cool canyons and 'slots' and unique wildlife.

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