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Anza-Borrego Desert SP

Stashed in: Outdoors, WEAR SUNSCREEN!

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Borrego Palm Canyon Trail. This is the closest-in spot where the desert bighorn sheep congregate.

Visiting in mid-March, hoping to see bighorn sheep and Swainson's hawks!

So it turns out that it takes WAY WAY longer to get to Anza-Borrego than I expected. It's really remote! My parents picked me up from the Orange County airport at 9:30AM and with a stop for lunch in Julian we didn't get to the park until 2PM! If you plan a day trip, you need to leave early in the morning... and unless you REALLY love apple pie, I suggest you bring a sandwich for lunch.

Even in the winter, bring big sunglasses, sunscreen, and more water than you can imagine drinking.

The Swainson's hawk thing starts at 3:30PM during the migration season, but I think the hawks don't really show up until an hour before sunset... so be prepared to wait by the side of the road for a couple hours.