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To protect and preserve the natural landscapes, wildlife habitat and cultural heritage of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and its surrounding region for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations.
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Acres for Anza-Borrego Land Transfer 2021
In July 2021 Anza-Borrego Foundation finalized the transfer of 17,597 acres to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. This historical event, 29 years in the making, is significant for many reasons, including preserving historical, cultural, natural, and sensitive areas. A few of the most critical aspects of the deal include:
- Almost 10,000 acres of designated State Wilderness Areas
- 3,500 acres in the Badlands, rich in paleontological resources and Flat-Tail Horned lizard habitat
- 6,000 acres in the diverse and water-rich Coyote Canyon area
- Hundreds of acres preserve wildflower fields, a popular springtime attraction and an essential part of the desert ecosystem
This transfer also removes 310 miles of private property lines within the State Park and reduces park management costs. In addition, it provides connectivity and wildlife corridors between Cuyamaca Rancho State Park and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, as well as near the border with Mexico.
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Be Summer Safe & Ready!
There are two main things to consider if you are planning to explore the desert in summer: Heat and Water. Because there are fewer visitors, if something happens you will most likely be on your own until you reach safety or help reaches you. Cell phones do not work in many areas of the Park, so be sure you tell someone when you leave, where you’re going, and when you expect to return.
Most summer days are too warm to safely go on long hikes. Any daytime exploration on foot should be done as early in the morning as possible and finished by 10am in order to avoid the highest temperatures of the day. If you do find yourself heading out and about in the mornings, be sure you have at least a gallon of water per person for a 3-mile hike, sunscreen, a wide-brimmed hat, long sleeves and pants for sun protection, and sturdy shoes. Ground temperatures can be 20 degrees warmer than air temperatures, so it’s a good idea to leave your pet at home to prevent the burning of their paw pads. One thing to consider is that the nights are cooler and offer great views of Anza-Borrego’s dark night skies. Did you know Anza-Borrego Desert State Park® was named an International Dark Sky Park in 2018? Click here for more summer safety information and a list of nighttime activities to enjoy!
Water is your most precious resource in the desert. In summer, the importance of that resource goes up exponentially. Our friends at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park® put together a handy tool to figure out just how much water you should be taking with you when you’re out for a hike in summer. Most important tip about water: drink it, don’t save it for later. If you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated.
Leave No Trace Initiative
In conjunction with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics in Colorado, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and California State Parks, we kicked off a new Leave No Trace Initiative and partnerships to highlight the Seven Principles of Leave No Trace and wilderness ethics in our beloved Park on November 21, 2020. Click here or on the image below to learn more.
As we begin planning for our future it is important to look back at the past. It is my pleasure to share with you our 50th-anniversary celebratory book, “Anza-Borrego Foundation: A Fifty-Year Retrospective.” You can use this link to view the book in its entirety online and to get a glimpse of some of the highlights of ABF’s first 50 years.
See 50 years of conservation in action
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