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Anza-Borrego Park for non-hikers

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Anza-Borrego Park for non-hikers

We are staying in Palm Springs mid Sep and will drive to the park, although we are not hikers.

Can anyone tell me the best places to visit - what you can see with a minimum of hiking?

Thanks!

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1. Re: Anza-Borrego Park for non-hikers

There is an excellent visitor's center there with a lot of information to help YOU decide what places are the best for YOU to visit.

You don't have to go on a long hike....there are shorter trails.....like "walks". the visitor center can help you with that.

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2. Re: Anza-Borrego Park for non-hikers

Thanks! Will check in with them first .

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3. Re: Anza-Borrego Park for non-hikers

There is a nice little walk around the Visitor's Center with lots of native plants that are marked with their names so you'll know what they are as you go about town.

Galleta Meadows (and some other spots about town) have all sort of interesting sculpture that has been put up over the past few years. http://www.desertusa.com/borrego/bs-art.html

Depending on time of year you can drive a 2 wheel drive vehicle to Font's Point which has a fabulous view over the Borrego Badlands. The Visitor Center always has the status of unpaved roads.

Out towards Scissor's Crossing (where 78 and 79 meet) go south on 79 a bit and then make a right to Witch Mountain. This is a bit of a hike, perhaps a mile but uphill. At the top is the remains of where the South family lived for about 10 years early in the 20th century. It's fascinating to think of the family packing everything up the hill and living in solitude. www.desertusa.com/mag99/mar/papr/mtsouth.html

Off this section of 79 there are trails that head through the rocks so even walking for 15 minutes gives you a very secluded feeling.

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4. Re: Anza-Borrego Park for non-hikers

Thanks! Have noted all your suggestions.

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5. Re: Anza-Borrego Park for non-hikers

<<Out towards Scissor's Crossing (where 78 and 79 meet) go south on 79 a bit and then make a right to Witch Mountain.>>

Not enough coffee when I typed that. It should read

.... make a LEFT to GHOST Mountain.

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6. Re: Anza-Borrego Park for non-hikers

Thank you and enjoy that coffee!

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7. Re: Anza-Borrego Park for non-hikers

Interesting article in this week's Borrego Sun newspaper. Unfortunately, they don't have an online presence so I can't post a link, but Marshall South's son, Rider, will be making a rare appearance during the Borrego Days Desert Festival in October and will lead a hike up to his former home on Ghost Mountain.

Unfortunately it's in October -- not while you're there -- but you may see some advertisements or info about it. There is an interesting video about the South family's residence on Ghost Mountain that is sometimes being shown at the Visitor Center (there is a small theater there and the offerings change).

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