In The Desert
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Anza Borrego Desert State Park, Ca.
I am an absolute fan of the Anza Borrego Desert State Park in California and the desert itself, the flowers, the fossils, the petroglyphs etc. Unfortunately I live to too far away, in Switzerland, to be there nearly as often as I would like to be.
Story and Photos by "Goletto"
When you drive towards Borrego Springs from Los Angeles or San Diego you should definitely stop in the old mining town Julian. Take a break in the Miner's Diner and have their Buffalo Burger and their Pickles!
When you drive on, stop where they sell home made Apple Pie and take one with you.
The Julian Town Hall
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History info supplied by Goletto:
The old Desert Lodge was a simple adobe house built at the Burks ranch in 1937. It changed hands several times, from 1960 till 2007 it was called "La Casa Del Zorro", from then till it's closure in 2010 it was called the "Borrego Ranch Resort & Spa".
We had always stopped at the La Casa Del Zorro resort, too bad that is does not exist anymore! The photo below is the garden at La Casa Del Zorro.
From Julian we followed Hwy 78 to Banner (also an old mining facility) to the turn-off for the Buttes Pass Rd where this trip starts. It is an easy trip but a 4 WD is necessary. First we go over the Buttes Pass to the wide valley of the San Felipe Creek where the so-called CutAcross starts. The track winds through a rather flat area that sometimes looks like the surface of the moon. After a rain this part may become wet and slippery.
At Una Palma (see photo to the left) the tracks follow a south-easterly direction.
In the spring you will find a number of desert flowers alongside this track. A Milkvetch in Bank Wash.
The next stop would be the Pumpkin Patch. A collection of globular sandstone concretions, believed to be formed by the natural cementing of sand particles to a small object.
We turned north again to reach the Arroyo Salado.
The Anza Borrego is plagued by the invasion of the "African Mustard", a non-native plant that has a devastating effect on the local flora. In response to this concern, a Sahara Mustard Task Force has been formed in Borrego Springs (Phone: 800 559 5524 ) that includes representatives from throughout the community. The Task Force is working on an education and eradication plan that will be implemented community-wide and involve as many trained volunteers as possible. When winter and spring rains hit, we'll be calling on volunteers to help attack the wave of fast-growing mustard that is sure to follow.
The trip ended on the Borrego Salton Seaway after an interesting day in the Anza Borrego.
Thank you Golleto for a great view of another section of the Anza Borrego Desert State Park.
Interactive Map showing the location of the Pumpkin Patch