Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in Southern California

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Even though San Diego technically is a desert, it’s hard for me to consider a city and suburbs of two million people a desert.

To me, a desert lacks people (for the most part) and has lots of sand, cactus, and blue sky.

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California’s largest state park, is a great example.

It comprises 600,000 acres, including one-fifth of San Diego County, and is the the second-largest state park in the United States, behind Adirondack Park in New York.

Anza-Borrego State Park in California

Anza-Borrego State Park in California

Anza-Borrego State Park in California

Anza-Borrego State Park in California

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park includes 500 miles of dirt roads, twelve designated wilderness areas, and 110 miles of hiking trails.

Desert Bighorn Sheep at the San Diego ZooThere is a fairly large population of desert bighorn sheep in the desert, so if you see a rock move, look more closely and you might be able to determine that it’s a bighorn sheep instead of a big rock.

It can get extremely hot in the desert, and flash floods are common, so if you go, be sure to take lots of water, keep an eye on the weather (it can change rapidly), and let family and friends know where you plan on going and when you plan on being there.

There are WiFi hot spots in some areas of the desert, but take extra batteries for your phone or laptop. Stop and take pictures, too, because the desert really can be more beautiful than it’s made out to be.

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19 thoughts on “Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in Southern California

    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      Our climates are very similar, so similar that way back in the 1850s people coming from Australia brought many plants with them that grow exceedingly well here. The ubiquitous eucalyptus comes immediately to mind.


  1. LadyPinkRose

    Boggles my mind that people would want to live in a desert. Great post, and tell Zoey I feel really sorry for her (sorry IF him) cause KATS hate baths. Zoey, you are welcome over to my house anytime. I don’t bathe my KATS. (smile) Great post, Russel. Thank you. Love, Amy


    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      Zoey the Cool Cat has excessively dry skin, so the vet gave me special moisturing tearless shampoo and told me to either give her a bath every six months or whenever she scratches so much and so hard that she starts bleeding.


      1. LadyPinkRose

        Ahhhhhh ….. then you are forgiven, human. LOL I follow some cat blogs that come from the cat’s perspective and they are hysterical. Hence you are “human” in your cat’s eyes, and Zoey says thank you for helping me NOT itch. Thank you, Russel, for loving the animals. Love, Amy

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  2. babso2you

    Long ago I knew a fellow who was a herpetologist, and he used to go to Anza Borrego to collect snakes…Saw a 6′ rattler that he caught! It is a place of beauty in the spring with all the desert cactus in bloom!



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