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Wildflower update for the southern Anza Borrego Desert

by surfponto 19. March 2010 00:17

What I love about living in San Diego is that within two hours you can leave the coast, drive over the mountains and then drop down into the desert. Incredible diversity in my opinion. 

With that in mind, I decided to take the day off work and check on the wildflowers out in the Anza Borrego desert. My preferred area of Borrego is the southern section where you can get away from the crowds, hike up a trail and be completely immersed in the solitude of the Desert.

Desert Dandelions line the S2 in Anza Borrego  
Driving up the S2 I knew I was in for a great show. The road was lined with Desert Dandelions, Lupine amd Brittle Bush. The only downside was watching a Border Patrol Humvee casually lumber up the shoulder of the road plowing through patches of wildflowers. Wasn't really sure about his reasoning but... Frown


Group of Beavertail Cacti ready to explode with flowers

Trio of Blooming Barrel cacti deep in Carrizo Gorge - Anza Borrego desert
Trio of Blooming Barrel cacti deep in Carrizo Gorge


Desert Dandelions in RockHouse Canyon - Anza Borrego

Staghorn Cholla off the trail in RockHouse Canyon - Anza Borrego
Staghorn Cholla off the trail in RockHouse Canyon

It looks like it will be a great weekend out in the Anza Borrego Desert for those seeking wildflowers and cactus blooms. Temperatures are suppose to be in the 80's on Saturday so bring a hat, sunscreen and plenty of water. Be wary of where you pull off to check the wildflowers as many areas of the highway will have deep sand on the shoulder. If you do get out there feel free to post your trip on our forum,

Most important have fun and take lots of pictures. Cool

You can check the rest of the wildflower pictures here. 

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