Monsoon Turns Desert Green ~ A lovely anomaly for an early, cooling autumn in the desert.

BORREGO SPRINGS, CA (September 23, 2013): Usually, the pull of the desert in September is the vision of dazzling stars popping out of the dark skies while you lay on your back in a warm pool. But this September there's an unusual bonus-green days! That's right. Monsoon rains deluged the desert at the end of August and two weeks later the desert floor is a carpet of green and gold with wild ocotillo branches bursting with leaves. The last time monsoons gave this kind of green gift was in 1997. If luck holds and another storm waters the desert soon, the green may last into October for the Borrego Days (BorregoDays.com) celebration, October 25-27, 2013.

Visit the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park now to experience this unique occurrence and the relaxed pace of the desert in early fall. An overnight trip to Borrego Springs will allow you to take advantage of off-season hotel rates too. Summer rains have made dramatic changes to some dirt roads, for the latest road conditions contact the Park at (760) 767-5311 weekdays and on the weekends contact the Park's Visitor Center at (760) 767-4205 before exploring in the Park. More hi-resolution images.

At 650,000 acres, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is the largest state park in California and one of the largest desert protected areas in the west. Located in the northeastern corner of San Diego County, the park extends roughly 25 miles east to west and 50 miles north to south.

Botany Contacts are Jim Dice, Research Manager, UC Irvine Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center, (760) 522-7757, DiceJ@UCI.edu and Kate Harper, Anza-Borrego Botany Society, (415) 271-1284, Kate@theHarperMethod.com. To better understand the monsoons effect on the desert, Borrego Springs' resident hydro-geologist is John Peterson, (858) 220-0877, PetersonENV@hotmail.com.

The Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center is located adjacent to the Park in the town of Borrego Springs. For more information on the Research Center visit http://nrs.ucop.edu/reserves/anza-borrego/anza-borrego.htm#.

The Park's Visitor Center and the State Park Store are provided by The Anza Borrego Foundation (ABF) a nonprofit cooperating association for the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park that acquires land for conservation in and around the Park, educates the public on its resources, and supports research relevant to the region. For more information on ABF and the Park visit theABF.org.

The Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association (ABDNHA) is a non-profit educational organization, located in Borrego Springs, California. Our mission is to provide educational programs and activities about the Anza-Borrego Desert. For more information on the ABDNHA and its programs visit ABDNHA.org.

The Borrego Springs Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit organization that has been serving the community of Borrego Springs since 1950. The Chamber provides leadership and acts as a catalyst in creating a vibrant economic environment that supports business growth and attracts people to visit and live in Borrego Springs. For more information, contact Linda Haddock, Executive Director, 760.767.5555, LHaddock@BSCVB.com or visit http://www.BSCVB.com