ANZA-BORREGO FOUNDATION CELEBRATES 50TH ANNIVERSARY WITH FREE WEEKENDS AT BORREGO PALM CANYON

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Starts Season-long Celebration for Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

East County News Service

October 25, 2016 (Borrego) – How do you protect and preserve Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, the largest state park in California – with its 600,000 acres of flora, fauna, hiking trails, free camping, archeological sites and much more? That’s the job of the Anza-Borrego Foundation, celebrating its 50th anniversary this desert season.

To kick off its golden anniversary, Anza-Borrego Foundation will offer “BPC for Free” – six weekends of free access for new visitors to the Park’s most popular hiking trail. Borrego Palm Canyon (BPC) is a family-friendly, three-mile hike known for its oversized palm tree grove and bighorn sheep sightings, culminating in a palm oasis and waterfall. BPC for Free is available one weekend per month through the season. The first was during last weekend’s Borrego Days Desert Festival, October 22-23. Additional free dates are:

  • November 19-20
  • December 17-18
  • January 21-22
  • February 11-12
  • March 25-26

Passes are limited to 100 vehicles per weekend and must be reserved in advance at www.theabf.org/BPCforFree.

“For five decades, Anza-Borrego Foundation has supported the Park, its natural landscapes, wildlife habitats and cultural heritage for present and future generations to enjoy,” said Executive Director Paige Rogowski. “We hope BPC for Free will encourage new visitors to check out Borrego Palm Canyon and explore the rest of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, which is free every day.”

A scenic two-hour drive from San Diego, Riverside and Palm Springs, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is an 83-year-old desert escape beloved by one million visitors each year. Anza-Borrego Foundation provides financial support for park programs, acquires land for conservation in and around the Park, educates the public about the Park’s resources and supports research relevant to the region.

The Foundation’s accomplishments include adding 54,000 acres to the Park, providing education programming for more than 13,000 children and adults, helping create the Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center with University of California, Irvine, and funding The Stout Paleontology Laboratory and the Begole Archaeological Research Center.

Additional anniversary programming and events will be announced throughout the desert season.

Anza-Borrego Foundation sponsors include Bike Borrego, Borrego Outfitters, and La Casa del Zorro Resort & Spa. To learn more, plan your visit, become a member or volunteer, visit www.theabf.org.

About Anza-Borrego Foundation

Celebrating its 50th anniversary this desert season, Anza-Borrego Foundation (ABF) is the official nonprofit partner of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. ABF provides financial support for Park programs, acquires land for conservation in and around the Park, educates the public about the Park’s resources and supports research relevant to the region.

In addition to raising private funds to support park programs and projects, ABF offers an extensive selection of guidebooks, clothing and other products in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park’s Visitor Center and State Park Store.

To learn more, plan your visit, become a member or volunteer, visit www.theabf.org.