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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park® 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. Hike – Culp Valley Walkabout   3 Hours
Join Volunteer Naturalist Ted Caragozian for a walkabout in the transition habitat of Culp Valley and experience Pena Spring and its associated riparian area. Then follow a section of the Riding and Hiking Trail to an outstanding overlook before looping back to the start. Meet at the entrance to Culp Valley Campground between Mile Markers 9 and 9.5 on highway S-22. This hike is rated moderate.

9:00 a.m. Hike – Harper Flat   4.5 Hours
Join Volunteer Naturalist Paul Larson on a moderate 3-mile hike up Pinyon Wash to Harper Flat. The wash provides enough water to support many beautiful desert plants. There will be a few large boulders to negotiate at the beginning of the hike, so wear sturdy hiking shoes, and bring water and snack. Meet at the intersection of Pinyon Wash and Highway 78 in order to carpool in 4WD vehicles for a few miles back to the trailhead.

5:00 p.m. Hike – Sunset/Moonlight Hike   5 Hours
Join Volunteer Naturalists Ted Caragozian and Dan Jellis for a desert hike to enjoy the sunset over the mountains and return under the nearly full moon to get a different perspective of the desert at a surprise location. Bring warm clothes and a flashlight (to be used only if necessary). We will cover as much as six miles and the daylight portion will involve walking over uneven ground. Limited to 15 participants – please sign up at the Visitor Center and include your phone number to receive meeting details.