Anza-Borrego Desert State Park | CA
2019 | WINTER
* Easy Peasy (**)
(**) This exploration post isn’t so much about the hiking as it is about the nature. In case you are living under a rock in SoCal, this year is a record bloom for wildflowers.
Me being a child raised in the deserts of West Texas (El Paso to be exact), when someone says cactus flowers, you don’t ask questions, just go.
This was truly a spectacular experience. See our Box Springs Mountain Park in Moreno Valley for other super bloom ideas. That hike was intense and beautiful but this hike was less intense and quite magical.
The folks running things at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park sure know how to plan for a crowd. I was a little apprehensive to fight the crowds or damage those delicate spots but the crowd control was awesome and they had park rangers set up all around the visitor’s center to help us learn more. They even have weekly updated flower maps and guides online and in the center.
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park’s rugged landscape formed largely by the forces of erosion attacking the uplifted mountains. The higher the mountains rise, the more vigorously they are attacked by rain, snow, ice, and wind, as they yield to the constant pull of gravity.
I look forward to the next time we trek 3 hours from the LA-area to explore this land. With over 600,000-acres to explore and all sorts of terrain, we’ll be back very soon!
I’m also FASCINATED with one of it’s regular residents, the ocotillo. Learn more about this prickly desert dweller here.