Boulders, Beavertail, Bighorn and More: The Many Faces of Anza-Borrego

Date: 
Saturday, January 10, 2015 - 8:30am to Sunday, January 11, 2015 - 1:00pm

This class has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Leader: Paul Johnson
$125 Public / $115 ABF Members / $90 for Children 12 and Under

Upgrade your desert experience by staying overnight in cozy, rustic yurts at the base of Borrego Palm Canyon! This season, ABF is offering three overnight courses that offer an in-depth look at the many sides of Anza-Borrego. All activities are based out of the yurts inside Borrego Palm Canyon Campground.

Participants share quarters in traditional yurts (round canvas structures on concrete pads with a wooden lattice framework and canvas roof). Each yurt is outfitted with four twin-size cots with 5-inch foam pads. Toilets are onsite and a restroom building with showers is just a short walk away.

Price includes two days of instruction, a two-night stay in a yurt and entry into Borrego Palm Canyon’s day-use area. All meals are on your own, there is a covered picnic area available for meal preparation.

In this two-day field trip we will explore and learn about a wide variety of places and things within the largest state park in California. The focus of the trip is diverse, and will include bighorn sheep, palm trees, granite boulder piles, badlands, cactus gardens and much more. Among the places to be visited are the boulder factory of Culp Valley, a slot canyon in the Borrego Badlands, the most dramatic overlook in the park, an anticline next to a cataclysmic landslide, lots of dramatic geology, and plenty of history and crazy stories to fill in the spaces.

The trip will involve considerable driving in a variety of terrain, and will require four-wheel-drive vehicles. There will be 4 or 5 hikes of up to 1.5 miles each, in uneven and sometimes rocky terrain. Bring camera, binoculars, plenty of water and lunch. Most of the trip will be in primitive places with little in the way of amenities – please be prepared. Weather in January can be chilly, please bring lots of layered clothing and a hat.

More information regarding logistics will be emailed to participants after registration confirmation.

Participants staying at the yurts should bring the following items:
•Food for all meals
•Camp or cook stove and fuel
•Sleeping bag / pillow / bedding
•Flashlight, headlamp, or electric lantern
•Camp chair
•Reusable water bottle
•Camp mug or cup
•Personal toiletries
•Shower towel/hand towel
•Libations or other drink