ABDSP Interpretive Activities are Free and Open to the Public. All programs meet in front of the ABDSP Visitor Center unless otherwise stated.
9:00 a.m. Solve the Desert Water Puzzle: Hands-on Demonstration 2 Hours
Do you know what it means to “take plenty of water” on your first walk in the Park? Meet Park Interpretive Specialist, Regina Reiter, in front of the Visitor Center for this short, hands-on activity to solve “The Water Puzzle” and learn how to calculate your water needs for all your hikes while you’re visiting Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. You’ll also get some tips on getting to see the Park’s Desert Bighorn Sheep by discovering their watering habits! Stop by anytime between 9:00 and 11:00 to test your “water aptitude”.
10:00 a.m. Tour – Milling Around Mine Wash 4 Hours
Join Volunteer Archaeologist and Naturalist Hank Barber for a fascinating look at how the Indians used plants for food, clothing, shelter and medicine. During this trip, we will be discussing how the Indians used mesquite, agave, creosote and other plants. We’ll stop at a mesquite grove at Yaqui Well, then visit an important ancient Kumeyaay village site at Mine Wash to look at rock shelters and ceremonial features as well as hundreds of bedrock mortars used for milling food. We’ll visit an Ocotillo forest and have lunch along an ancient trail. We’ll also identify any wildflowers in bloom. Please bring lunch, hat, and ample water. A high clearance vehicle is necessary; we will meet in the outer area of the Visitor Center parking lot to car pool. Mill around on this desert adventure!
11:00 a.m. Walk - Garden Walk 45 Minutes
Join Certified Interpretive Guide Abby Barker as she takes you on a stroll through the Visitor Center Garden to discover some of our special desert plants.
2:00 p.m. – Junior Rangers 45 Minutes
Special program for children ages 7-12. Discover secrets of the desert environment. Sign up at the Visitor Center as space is limited.
7:30 p.m. – Campfire - - Ranger Surprise 1 Hour
Join Ranger Mike at the Borrego Palm Canyon Campfire Center for an evening campfire program.