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“Why don't more people know about it?”

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
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$687.00*
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Private Mountain and Desert Tour of San Diego
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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.
Reviewed December 29, 2013

Coming from overseas to this amazing park we were really surprised more people in the USA didn't know about it. What a fantastic area. We did one of the slot canyon walks. Were the only people there. The town is so quiet and no chain stores, low level lighting. The stars at night magical. I want to go back one day and do some more exploring. The lady in the visitor's centre didn't really recommend the best walks, but we worked them out for ourselves.

Thank hypatiaC
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Reviewed December 28, 2013

About 90 miles from Palm Springs, the town of Borrego Springs and the State Park are worth it! Take the Route 522 shortcut to the town even though the first two miles of "dippy" paved road is disconcerting. It's a lot shorter and more scenic than the longer divided highway route.
The trailhead to the 3-mile roundtrip hike into the canyon is at the "camp ground" turn off before you arrive at the park's visitor's center. The hike itself is of moderate difficulty, primarily because the last half involves a lot of steps over boulders and tricky footing. But the path is well marked and the view of the palm trees deep in the canyon was well worth the effort. Go before 2 pm because the sun sets behind the ridges and the temperature drops a good 20 degrees. Later in the spring this may be an advantage, however.

There is a fee to enter the park but the senior discount is quite large.

We stopped at Carmelita's in town for Mexican food. Nice little place with good service, good food and excellent value.

Thank mikeforney
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Reviewed December 28, 2013

Not many people on our travels knew of this incredible State Park. It was like being in a set from Star Wars! You need to be careful to not get lost so take good advice from the Information Centre staff, a detailed description of your walk and an ordanance survey map. It's worth it as the scenery is breathtaking.

Thank OrianaB108
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Reviewed December 25, 2013

We decided to try this trail and were really disappointed when we were unable to find the trailhead. We had driven from Palm Springs for the day and it was disappointing. We drove beyond the end of the road, over an us paved and rocky path for longer than we needed to, but were unable to find anything. Very disappointing. We ended up going back to the Visitors Center and doing the paved walkway around there. Very vast and beautiful, not not the real thing. We'll have to try again.

Thank dhcbecker
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Reviewed December 8, 2013

This state park is stunning and has so many great things in it to see. I think if it were anywhere but in California (which is so blessed with amazing sights) it would be a national park. It's huge - about the size of Rhode Island. The badlands are just amazing and the slots are incredible as well. Very interesting experience coming out here.

Thank Sally B
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