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ABDSP Interpretive Activities are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. 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. Cost is $25 per person (does not include $10 day use fee per car). Email Anza-Borrego.Tours@parks.ca.gov to reserve or call 760-767-4037 M-F. Tours also offered at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

11:00 a.m. Talk  – Bighorn Sheep: Symbol of Desert Wilderness         1 Hour
Join Volunteer Naturalist Tony DeLorenzo 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?


2:00 p.m. Junior Ranger Family Walk in Little Surprise Canyon        1.5 Hours
Join Park Interpretive Specialist Regina Reiter for a family hike through Little Surprise Canyon. We’ll walk to the canyon’s end,climb out onto the ridge above and circle around back to the parking lot. It’s a short, strenuous walk for adventurous hikers! Kids 7-12 will receive their Junior Ranger badge. Water and sun hat are required. Hike rain or shine. Limited to those who have signed up at the Visitor Center before 1 p.m. today! Meet at Hellhole Canyon Parking on S-22, west of Borrego Springs. If you have one, bring your California State Parks Junior Ranger Logbook!

7:00 p.m. Talk   Enjoy Anza-Borrego’s Dark Night Sky!        1 Hour
Winter nights are perfect for Stargazing. Explore constellations and learn about the importance of dark skies everywhere. Bring binoculars if you have them, flashlight (red lens is preferable) and your imagination! Look for Interpreter Sally Theriault at the Borrego Palm Canyon Campfire Center.