Anza Borrego easily ranks with the finest desert parks in the nation. Only its status as a state park keeps it from achieving the popularity of Death Valley and Joshua Tree National Parks. Even so, it receives more than 1 million visitors a year, many of them in the early spring when the park is carpeted in a blaze of colorful wildflowers. The visitor center alone is worth a visit to the park. Partially buried in a desert hillside and landscaped with cactus and other desert plants, it contains exhibits of the desert environment, a theater, and a bookstore. It also provides maps, brochures, and trail guides. The park’s more than 600,000 acres offer miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and exploring by four-wheel-drive. But Anza Borrego is also unusually accessible by ordinary vehicle. Excellent desert views, nature exhibits, and points of interest can be enjoyed from the roadside or after short hikes. And for those willing to leave the road behind, the views will include seldom-seen oases of fan palms, stands of elephant trees, and eroded canyons. Campgrounds included in this eTrail are: Sheep Canyon, Vernon Whitaker Horse Camp, Borrego Palm Canyon, Arroyo Salado, Culp Valley, Yaqui Pass, Tamarisk Grove, Yaqui Well, Fish Creek, Blair Valley, Vallecito Regional Park, Agua Caliente Regional Park, Mountain Palm Springs, Bow Willow, Lark Canyon, and Cottonwood.
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