Here I am, sitting outside at The Mall on Palm Canyon Drive in Borrego Springs. You will note the plant behind my head that looks a bit like Medusa. Well, it is my new favorite desert plant called an ocotillo. In the spring, it features bright red flowers on its tips.
One of the art stores at The Mall just got ocotillo sculptures. They seem to be made from rebar and painted green with red glossy floral tips. Very pretty. But I desire the real thing, an original living plant.
I do not know how many tourists descend upon Borrego Springs in the spring but the official population of the town from July of 2018 is 3,676 residents. And according to one website, 1 million tourists annually visit Anza Borrego Desert State Park. The name of the park is in honor of Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza, who studied the desert in 1774 and, of course, Borrego is the Spanish word for sheep.
After this blog about photos of Clark Dry Lake at Anza Borrego Desert, I believe I have one more blog to do to be finished with our trip. Normally I would not post so many photos and a bunch of blogs about one place, namely Anza Borrego Desert State Park, but I can’t help myself.
It’s such a fascinating place, so much to see and do and most people in California have no idea where it is even located. Although it is the largest state park in California. How about those apples? It is located about 2 hours Northeast of San Diego.
This is the entrance to the wildflowers from Anza Borrego State Park in Borrego Springs, California. Unassuming. You might think oh, just another state park, not THE largest state park in California with vegetation, succulents, cacti, and wildflowers exploding everywhere you look, nestled under Coyote Mountain and the Santa Ynez Mountains.
You’re just not prepared for the spectacular Super Bloom of the wildflowers from Anza Borrego State Park. A Super Bloom can occur after several years of hard rain to wake dormant seeds, and it usually happens once every decade or two.
For those of you contemplating a Palm Canyon Hike at Anza Borrego, my best advice to you is just DO IT. You will NOT be disappointed. Anza Borrego is the largest state park in California. This blog is about the Super Bloom of 2019 in Anza Borrego State Park, and all of the photos were shot on March 19, 2019.
We approached the Palm Canyon Hike trail at Anza Borrego State Park and saw a sign recommending that we carry at minimum 1 gallon of water per person. That seemed a bit excessive to my uniformed mind of how I would feel after hiking 3 miles over rocks, up steps, boulders, rough terrain and 6 river crossings on rocks. Good deal that my husband brought an entire portable bladder of water in his backpack because I ran out of my one liter of water on the way back.
Would it surprise you to learn that Fonts Point at Anza Borrego Desert State Park is very much like the Badlands in North Dakota? Some people compare it to the Grand Canyon, but the Badlands were formed mostly by water, wind and freezing temperatures. Fonts Point was created mostly by water. Although it is windy, which is why I had to hold my hair off my face for this photo.
Another interesting fact, the shadow you see down the center is a dry creek bed that fills from winter rains. The hills are golden in the sunlight. We were there about 4 PM. If we had all the time in the world, we could have returned when the sun was a bit lower in the sky on another day to capture more color at sunset, but we had to get back to check into our hotel at the Borrego Springs Resort and Spa.