Anza-Borrego Desert Region: A Guide to State Park and Adjacent Areas of the Western Colorado Desert

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Now in its expanded 5th edition, The Anza-Borrego Desert Region offers complete coverage of the over 1 million acres of desert lands, including Anza-Borrego State Park, Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area (OWSVRA), parts of the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument, and adjacent BLM recreational and wilderness lands.

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Diana and Lindsay Lowell have been desert naturalists for over 25 years and have written and edited several books including: Our Historic Desert; Ansa-Borrego A to Z: People, Places, and Things; Marshal South and the Ghost Mountain Chronicles; Fossil Treasures of the Anza-Borrego; Geology of the Anza-Borrego; Edge of Creation; and Geothermal Resources of the Imperial Valley.

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DIVISION OF THE REGION INTO SEVEN AREAS
This guide to the Anza-Borrego and Western Colorado Desert region is organized into seven areas, each of which is aligned along the major corridor of travel through the area. These areas are roughly equivalent to ranger patrol sectors of the public land management agencies. The agencies include ABDSP in eastern San Diego County and a portion of Riverside County, BLM areas in western Imperial County and a corner of southeast San Diego County, and OWSVRA, which straddles the county line (References to “county line” alone throughout this book refer to San Diego and Imperial counties. Other county lines will always be specified.) The designations of the seven areas (e.g.,

Southeastern, Western, Central) derive from their relative positions in the region as defined above, with Harper Flat in the Vallecito Mountains being the center of the defined region.)
Trips are numbered according to their area. Points of interest, un-numbered side trips, and hikes are described when reached en route. The major trip through the area corridor of travel, generally the only paved road, is listed first as Trip “#A” with numbered branch trips following (e.g., AREA 4―CENTRAL: Trip 4A―Hwy 78, Trip 4B Grapevine Canyon.) The trip titling standard is “from-to-via” (from an origin to a

destination via a route).
Paved roads, dirt roads, 4WD roads and trails, and riding/hiking trails and routes are portrayed as integrated route elements of a whole region rather than as separate segments by mode of travel. The concept is that a typical desert explorer may drive along a paved road, transition to a dirt road, go into 4WD on a jeep trail, reach a trailhead and then hike from there. (See Appendix 4 for trips displayed by mode of travel: auto, 4WD, nature walk, hike, mountain bike, horse.) It also recognizes that visitors are less concerned with land management boundaries than they are with getting from point A to point B.
Route narratives are aligned to match the prevailing direction of travel of most visitors: generally west to east, north to south. Visitors typically travel east or southeast from the urban areas of San Diego and Los Angeles, explore a while, and then return home expeditiously. Wherever choices had to be made in order to classify a trip, the prime criterion was the perspective of most of the visitors along a particular route. For example, although Pinyon Mountain Road and upper Fish Creek through Split Mountain can be done from west to east, few are so inclined or even able. The Squeeze and the Pinyon Mountain Dropoff preclude all but the boldest and best equipped offhighway drivers and mountain bikers. So upper Fish Creek and Harper Flat are treated in Area 5 (Eastern), accessible from Split Mountain, rather than Area 6 (Southwestern), accessible from Hwy S-2.

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