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We cannot always be in the right place at the best time in search of the magical mind-blowing visual wonders of California. Those moments are most often in the natural settings. Within Anza Borrego Desert's desert-scape surprising sights are seen in the vast natural seemingly desolate wasteland of mere cacti, agaves, yuccas and chaparral plants all alone in the heat. Alas, above this desert’s plain arises clear possibilities escaping to one of the greatest places on the planet!

Each springtime, the balmy desert air washes away the small distractions lingering in our lives - the desert has a way of narrowing your perspective. Suddenly, your body’s survival skills begin kicking in. Questions arise how one can forage for food, or where to find great food? What of the creature comforts we all enjoy? At the crossroads of Borrego Springs, you’ll find what you’ve been searching for centered within a local environment. It's a desert town on a huge level valley rising to high mountainous peaks. Borrego Springs is an oasis of activity featuring adequate hotel choices, casitas, and saloons; as well as, plentiful nearby desert parks to wander, and there's an artful series of dinosaur-sized metal sculptures in their rusty suntanned immensity right outside town, and throughout the northern valley. Next, there’s the underlying feat of mastering nomadic life if you choose camping and visiting the austere scenic beauty and awesome variety. 2019’s super bloom brightly colored flora is a companion to unique desert birds, endangered Borrego sheep, flutterby insects, snakes and lizards; as well as real desolation.

Early in spring, my drive became an adventure finding the “Super Bloom” displays of desert wildflowers. To see them, this desert is a place requiring extreme patience, perhaps some walking and hiking enduring the heat, then being sure having plenty of food and water. Stop in Borrego Springs Desert Association or Park Service for guide info to the best destinations.

Highly Recommended!

Borrego Springs is a smallish and artful town presenting something for all…
Beginning at Christmas Circle, a hub connecting all highways around a compass leading four directions. When camping, visitors are permitted to stay outdoors in any desolate area, and often just off main roads. Sleeping under illuminated starry nights with no added street lamps of town, allows a sky shining brightly and permits excellent observations. Swift moving breezes blow throughout the valleys and mountains soothing one's senses. Daytime visuals soften the coarseness of the desert sands, and life seems a grand accomplishment visiting our own backyard. Arriving to Borrego Springs be sure to check the historical association bookstore, information centers, library, art galleries. It’s an unique destination for viewing memorable natural landscapes with myriads of outlying adventures of real consequence to enjoy.

Robert A. Bellezza,
Publisher, California Tour & Travel

Robert Bellezza’s 35-year career has focused on marketing to California’s statewide and national audiences publishing full color glossy travel and tourism magazines in the Golden State. He authored six innovative California tourbooks and 60 magazines featuring destinations from the Sierra to the Sea, each highlighting top resorts, attractions, craft food, wine and beer. He currently manages California Tour & Travel Magazine’s on-line portal featuring statewide events, entertainment reviews, and travel related stories.


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