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ABDSP Interpretive Activities are free and open to the public. Events meet at the ABDSP Visitor Center unless otherwise noted. Be aware that there is a $10 Day Use Fee at the Visitor Center.

9:00 a.m. Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Archaeology and Paleontology Laboratories                     1.5 Hours

Ever wonder about the rich discoveries being made in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park? Meet in front of the Visitor Center for a walking tour to visit our excellent laboratory facilities. $35 per person; $25 if reserved in advance: Call 760-767-4037 or email Anza-Borrego.Tours@parks.ca.gov.

Tours also offered at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.


11:00 a.m. Walk   Desert Mart                45 Minutes

Come stroll down the aisles of Desert-Mart with Certified Interpretive Guide Abby Barker to discover how the ingenious Native Americans used desert plants for their food, clothing, shelter, and medicine.  Focus is on the three most important plants: Agave, Creosote, and Mesquite. Meet in front of the Visitor Center.


12:00 p.m. Hike – Discovering the Archaeological History of the ‘Ehmuu Morteros                   2 Hours

Discover the hidden secrets of an ancient Kumeyaay Native American village site.  Join Volunteer Archaeologist and Naturalist Sam Webb to explore both rock art and historic milling features.  This 1.5 mile hike is over uneven terrain.  Be sure to bring the usual water, hat, and sturdy footwear.  Meet at the Morteros trailhead in Blair Valley, about 3 miles off Highway S-2 on a dirt road (turn into Blair Valley near mile marker 23).


2:00 p.m. Walk  – Junior Rangers                         1 Hour

Special California State Parks program for children only, ages 7-12. Discover secrets of the desert environment. Sign up at the Visitor Center as space is limited. Bring a sunhat and water.

Groups of 5 or more, call in advance 760-767-0334 and check for availability.


7:00 p.m. Campfire  – Bighorn Sheep: Symbol of Desert Wilderness               1 Hour

Join Volunteer Naturalist Tony DeLorenzo at the Borrego Palm Canyon Campfire Center to find out about bighorn sheep. Where did they come from? What is their history here in the desert? What are their prospects for the future?