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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 2013
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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Sacramento, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Fabulous. Amazing. Beautiful. Wonderous. What can I say? Go there. And, don't miss the museum. PS Try to go there during the week, not on weekends or holidays.

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Borrego Springs
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

You can spend an entire winter season exploring all the wonders of Anza-Borrego. It's as large as a National Park and is famous for hiking trails, natural history, archeology, native history and paleontology. Hike a new trail every day for a year! Watch Big Horn Sheep and hundreds of Swainson's Hawks in March.

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Vista, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Built into the side of a small hill, this small but educational museum will get your juices flowing to learn more about the desert! It's almost unfair that Borrego Springs is called a desert, as it is teeming with life, both wild and vegetative! Outside the museum is a paved 0.6 mile pathway, full of information about the expanses in... More

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Newport Beach
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39 reviews 39 reviews
5 attraction reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Great hiking trails and interesting scenery. A peaceful, remote, and relaxing place to escape the crowds you get in Palm Springs/Palm Desert. Loved Palm Canyon and Fonts Point.

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Carmel, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Probably better to go in late winter-early spring or mid-late fall if heat is not your friend....very warm, but a great breeze blowing, so that when we sat under trees at the visitors center to have our picnic lunch, we were comfortable....some cactus in bloom...nice trails starting from the visitors center, comfortable, clean rest rooms and a very informative visitor... More

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Long Beach, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

We hiked Palm Canyon, and had a great time. The main trail is well-marked, but be careful if you choose the alternate trail to return -- we lost it and had to go cross-country back to the main trail. There were helpful volunteers posted at the trail head who gave good advice about the trail. There's also a funky stone,... More

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Massachusetts
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78 reviews 78 reviews
26 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Wonderful range of geological features and plants and wildlife; we enjoyed sunset at Fonts Point, sunrise near Indian Head, midday in the little slot canyon, and the Palm Canyon oasis, among other features.

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San Diego
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Went to the city of Borrego Springs and had a great time hunting down the over 100 metal sculptures by Ricardo Breceda throughout the area and surrounding desert. Most of the pieces of art, are a short distant from the road. We found giant Mastodons, Sloths, and Sabretooth tigers...and a giant Scorpion squaring off with an equally size grasshopper/locust...With a... More

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Saskatoon, Canada
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014 via mobile

What an experience to come her. So much to see, so much to do. Great trails, nice desert gardens. We really enjoyed it. The visitors centre is well suited and it is fun to stroll through.

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toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

Start at the visitors center where Jennifer will plan your entire visit. She is great! We hiked to Palm Canyon (3 miles round trip). Even in March, it was hot so bring lots of water. There is also a good hike from Mile 38 (Calcite Mine Rd.) through a slot canyon. It is a little tricky to find, so get... More

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