March 9, 2011 (Anza-Borrego) -- The rains have come and gone, leaving fresh air and sunshine to blanket the majesty of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Anza-Borrego Desert Park Foundation invites you to spring into action with activities to fulfill your sense of wonder and appreciation for the park.
Upcoming activites include guided wildflower hikes, a tour of new cultural preserves within Anza Borrego Desert State Park, Vallecitos Days (which recreates life on the frontier), and more.
View a map to see where wildflowers are blooming now.
Get inspired by viewing winners in the 2011 Anza-Borrego Desert Photo Contest.
Cultural Preserves Tour - March 12
The California State Parks Commission recently approved seven new cultural preserves within Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Details: http://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=21314 Join us on this educational driving and hiking tour to fully understand the significance of three locations which are now protected historical and cultural sites. Join Archaeologist Sue Wade on a visit to Hawi-Vallecito, Little Blair Valley, and the Southern Overland Trail to discuss the importance of preservation for current and future generations. Details: http://theabf.org/event/driving_tours/cultural_preserves_tour
Follow the Flowers to Nolina Wash
This Sunday, March 13, enjoy canyon flowers and a day away from the crowds on 4-mile hike in Nolina Wash to see what's blooming. (Formerly a hike in Plum Canyon, the leaders decided to "follow the flowers" and have changed the location to Nolina Wash.) Follow expert guides and see how many wildflowers you can identify! Details: http://theabf.org/event/hikes/plum_canyon_follow_flowers
Milling Around Mine Wash
Have you ever wondered how the desert Indians survived in this isolated low-desert environment? Join us on Saturday, March 19 for a fascinating trip to an ancient Kumeyaay village site and learn how desert plants were used for food, clothing, shelter and medicine. The adventure includes a 2-mile walk with stops for wildflower and plant identification.
Vallecito Days - March 25 - 27, 2011
Experience life on the 1860's frontier! Vallecito Days 2011 will celebrate the role of the Southern Overland Trail 150 years ago at the outbreak of the Civil War. Tour the original Vallecito Stage Station, visit an overland travelers camp with demonstrations and exhibits of historic firearms, outdoor cooking, and frontier equipment, or try your hand at some of the skills needed in the 1860s. Details: http://theabf.org/event/archaeology_and_history/vallecito_days_2011
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