Archive for April, 2007

Oasis Hike - Anza Borrego

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I promised I would tell you about the Palm Canyon Oasis hike we went on with the Boy Scouts while at Anza-Borrego. Yes, there really is an Oasis in the middle of this desert at the Anza-Borrego Campground. This is an original California palm grove! It’s about a 3 mile, relatively easy hike, which should take you about 2 hours there and back. Plus, plan to explore the waterfall and surrounding area, take a lunch, and rest up for the hike back. The trailhead is at the north end of the Palm Canyon campground. This truly is one of the most spectacular places to visit at the Campground. Granted you have to work a little to get to it, but it’s worth it. Hope you enjoy the pictures. (click on them to enlarge)

Starting Point for Hike to OasisThere is an Oasis there...There is the Oasis!!

If you want to go hiking on some other trails, here’s a site that has a brief description of some trails for you to try.

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Anza-Borrego - Slot Canyon Hike

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This is a continuation of the Anza-Borrego Camping Report. I wanted to tell you about the Slot Canyon hike we took, since it’s a very unique place to see when you visit this Campground. You gotta check this out! Just look at the pictures I took!

Slot CanyonSlot Canyon HikeSlot Canyon

BTW - If you click on the pictures in this post they will enlarge!

It’s a short drive from the Visitors Center. Take Borrego Spring Rd. through Borrego Springs and out to Hwy 78, make a left and down on your left about 1 mile you’ll see a short brown sign, Buttes Pass. Take that dirt road to the edge of the Canyon and you can drop in there and experience this incredible place. There are spots during the walk where you’ll have to turn sideways to get through the towering 50-foot walls. You can go down and back in about 20-30 minutes. This is truly a memorable hike; unlike any you’ll ever take. Don’t forget your camera!

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Camping Report - Anza-Borrego State Park

The Scouts and I just got back from Anza Borrego. We do this annually, in the spring when the wild flowers are in bloom. Sometimes we catch them in bloom and other times we miss them. This year we were lucky and made it in time!

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is California’s largest state park with 600,000 acres of very diverse terrain. You can hike, camp in developed campsites or primitive “backcountry” campsites or even horseback ride on their many trails. We love it for the hike to the Oasis and the Slot Canyon hike. More on that later. Here’s a picture of the sun setting on the hills, from our campsite.

Anza-Borrego Sunset

The facilities in this campground are excellent. They have clean, new toilet facilities, with showers, sinks for cleaning your cookware and lots of campsites. But, you must book ahead, because it is a popular spot! Best time to tent camp is spring and fall. It was unseasonable hot when we went it got up to 100°F by noon on Saturday. So, we were pounding down lots of water to stay hydrated. We did the slot canyon hike in the morning and waited until almost 4 in the afternoon to do the Oasis hike.

When you’re there, you need to check out the Visitors Center! This is where you can get information on Ranger-led nature walks, guided hikes, Junior Ranger programs, etc. They have the remains of some prehistoric fossils, a large sea turtle and a Mammoth. I can’t image this whole area being underwater!

Anza-Borrego Visitors Center

This Visitors Center is built into the side of dirt hill to keep it cool! There is also a nature hike that starts here and goes out into the desert showing all the plants that inhabit the area.

Prehistoric Turtle Shell

Here’s a picture of the prehistoric turtle shell they dug up in the desert!

Mammoth Tusk

Lastly, I had to show you this! This long tusk, over 6ft. long.

Here’s the link to the CA State Park site with more information on this wonderful park, maps and how to make reservations. Anza-Borrego

Put it on your “Top 10″ list of campsites to visit. Slot Canyon and Oasis Hike in next post.

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