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Anza Borrego Desert State Park: sunshine, stunning vistas and ghost resorts on eerie Salton Sea

The California Palm oasis, awaiting hikers on the Palm Canyon hike above the Anza Borrego Desert.

Winter sun, stunning vistas make Anza Borrego Desert State Park and the ghost resorts on eerie Salton Sea a place to reflect upon. Last week’s column featured California’s two desert national parks, Death Valley and Joshua Tree. Both feature a mild winter climate and evocative topography; this week we’ll cover nearby Anza Borrego Desert State [...]

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, CA, parched, hot, alien and stunning!

Peninsular Bighorn Sheep, the park's name-sake, are an endangered species, with only about 200 left inside the park.

California Fan Palms grace the oasis at top of Palm Canyon, fed by a creek that disappears into the desert sands just a 1/2 mile below the oasis. Rangy Ocotillo plants can grow to 15 feet; the slightest moisture will set bright red flowers to bloom. Mojave Yucca sends up tall stalks prior to stunning [...]

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