ANZA-BORREGO CAR-CAMP, Dec 28 - Dec 31, 1990

General Information

Come on out for a car camp in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, from Friday Dec 28 to Sunday Dec 30. Last spring, we stayed at the Borrego Palm Canyon group campsite, towards the northern end of the park. This time, we'll be staying at the Tamarisk Grove group campsite, closer to the center of the park. The campsite is developed, with flush toilets and hot showers. Dogs are allowed, if they have vaccination papers and a six-foot leash, but the Park notes that the desert can be a dangerous place for your pets [as well as for you], and recommends that you leave pets at home, if possible.

Nearby dayhikes include Cactus Loop Trail (1 mile roundtrip, moderately strenuous climb), and Trail To Yaqui Well (1.6 miles roundtrip, easy), with ancient Ironwood trees and abundant birds and wildlife around the well, a desert watering hole. There is also the Bill Kenyon Overlook Trail (0.5 mile roundtrip, easy), with several species of cactus, and excellent views of San Felipe Wash, Mescal Bajada, and Pinyon Mountains. The Narrows Earth Trail (0.6 miles roundtrip, easy) is also nearby, and highlights the geologic features of the area, such as faultlines and alluvial fans. See "The Anza-Borrego Desert Region" (Lindsay) or "Afoot and Afield in San Diego County" (Schad) for further information on the area. Topo maps include (USGS 7.5-min) Tubb Canyon and Earthquake Valley, and a copy of the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park map/brochure is recommended. The Visitor Center in Borrego Springs is usually well-stocked with area maps and literature.

Dec 31st will be the brightest full moon of this century, perhaps one or more of the hikes will be moonlight hikes. One or more evenings, we may drive over to the Oh My God hotsprings, to seek refuge from the cold desert night.

The average high for December in the Park is 69 degrees, the average low is 43 degrees, and the average rainfall for the month is 0.92 inches.

Driving Instructions:

To reach the campsite from LA, take the 10 or the 91 East to the 15. Take the 15 South to the 79 East (at Temecula). Follow the 79 until a short distance past Warner Springs, then take S2 South to the 78. East on 78, then North on S3 a few feet to Tamarisk Grove. It looks like an oasis of Tamarisk trees out in the middle of nowhere.

From Scripps Ranch, take 15 North, take the Poway Road offramp, and go East. Take the 67 North to the 78 East. Follow the 78 through Julian, down into Anza-Borrego Park, and take S3 North a few feet to Tamarisk Grove. It looks like an oasis of Tamarisk trees out in the middle of nowhere. If you're leaving from central San Diego, take your favorite route to Julian, then continue on 78 East to S3 North.


The campsite is currently limited to 8 persons. If more than 8 people sign up, I'll try to reserve adjoining campsites. Don't forget to bring the 10 Essentials. Carpooling is encouraged: your estimated camp fee is $1.25 per person per day, and $6 for your car, per day. The dog fee is $1/day. RSVP by Dec 20. Call or write:

John McNellywork: (619) 695-7819 [8*843-7819]home: (619) 484-5575

Joyce Trischlerwork: (619) 695-7756 [8*843-7756]home: (619) 484-5575