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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park


Visitor Center - this is your first stop

The Visitor Center has some very informative exhibits, plus a free 16-minute nine-projector slide program, with music and narration.

Desert Garden
A desert garden just outside the Visitor Center building provides a quick look at some of the vegetation in the 600,000-acre park, with the species identified. The desert garden includes a pupfish pond. Pupfish evolved from conditions during the Ice Age to today's precarious existence of fish in the desert. They are called Salton Sea pupfish, although none are left in the Sea. These pupfish can thrive in fresh water or water nearly as salty as the ocean, and they can survive temperatures from near freezing to as high as 108 degrees Fahrenheit. When the water gets too warm or too cold or nearly dries up, these fish burrow in the mud at the bottom of the pool. There's another pupfish pond near the picnic area beyond the Borrego Palm Canyon Campground.

Cactus Bloom
Cactus Bloom in spring



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Last modified: 20070415
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