|Indian Head Mountain to the west of the Visitor Center. Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.|
Getting there: From Escondido it is 72 miles, go through Valley Center, then CA-76 E for 20 miles, then CA-79 N for 4 miles, San Filipe Rd E for 5 miles, then Montezuma Valley Rd N for 17 miles, then Palm Canyon Dr W into the Visitor Center. From San Diego it is 93 miles, take I-8 E for 26 miles, then CA-79 N for 20 miles, then CA-78 E for 18 miles, then Yaqui Pass Rd for 7 miles, west 5 miles into Borrego Springs, around the traffic circle, then Palm Canyon Dr W 2 miles into the Visitor Center. Parking: Free parking lot. Hours: Visitor Center hours are 9 am to 5 pm, daily October 1 - May 31, Weekends and holidays only June 1 - September 30. Map Navigation: 200 Palm Canyon Dr, Borrego Springs, CA 92004
Where to bird: The Visitor Center area is about 5 acres, including the parking lot and trails out into the desert. Most of the birds are found in the trees planted near the Visitor Center. The desert here has only small bushes and cacti. Thus the water drips, small pond, and planted trees attract many birds, especially migrants in spring and fall.
|Off the beaten path! It's over 90 miles from San Diego to Borrego Springs, over two mountain ranges.|
|The visitor center is underground to keep cool and more natural.|
|The Visitor Center is 2 miles west of the traffic circle ("Christmas Circle") in the center of Borrego Springs.|
|Desert bushes and cacti near the entrance of the Visitor Center.|
|Palo Verde trees along the trail.|
|The Visitor Center features some panoramas. There's an impressive Smilodon, too!|
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