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Photos of Fonts Point at Anza Borrego Desert State Park
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.
After our visit to the Salton Sea, we stopped by Fonts Point on our way back to town. Access is by a four-mile sandy road that is best navigated either on foot or via a four-wheel drive SUV. Fortunately, the smaller SUV my husband reserved at the airport was given away to some other traveler by mistake, so SIXT gave us a 7-passenger Buick Enclave. A huge monstrosity that could go anywhere.
Below are a series of photos I shot at Fonts Point at Anza Borrego. Included is a photo of an ocotillo, a cactus-like plant that is not a cactus. These are ubiquitous in Anza Borrego State Desert Park, and I want one for our yard in Hawaii. They survive without much water, maybe every 2 to 3 weeks they can use a drink. And in the spring, they bud out with beautiful red flowers on top.
Another fact you might not know is Anza Borrego Desert State Park is the largest state park in California! We came to witness the Super Bloom of wildflowers. Seeds lie dormant for years in the Colorado Desert, just waiting for just the right amount of water to give life.