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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park- With over 600,000 acres, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is the largest state park in the contiguous United States. The park features washes, wildflowers, palm groves, cacti and sweeping vistas.

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Designation: California State Scenic Highway
Fees: Park entrance fees
Length, One-Way: 18 Miles (30.0 Kilometers)
Time: 22 minutes @ 50 mph


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During various seasons along Route 78, wildflowers brighten the lower desert valley
Copyright: - California Scenic Highway Program
During various seasons along Route 78, wildflowers brighten the lower desert valley
Description - This State Scenic Highway runs through Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, which contains interesting rock formations and, in late winter, blooming wildflowers and cacti. The route offers scenery of the southern California low desert.

Attractions - Route 78 provides access to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, a 600,000-acre park that is the largest state park in the contiguous United States. The park features washes, wildflowers, palm groves, cacti, sweeping vistas, and a wide spectrum of watchable wildlife. Visitors may see roadrunner, golden eagles, kit foxes, mule deer and bighorn sheep as well as iguanas, chuckwallas and the red diamond rattlesnake. Over 200 species of birds have been identified within the park. A visitor center provides educational exhibits, a free 16-minute nine-projector slide program, and extensive interpretive programs. The desert garden just outside the building displays and identifies some of the park's vast vegetation. The park is a National Natural Landmark containing 12 wilderness areas, two dozen well-marked hiking trails, two well-developed campgrounds, nine primitive camp areas, a horse camp, and more.

Recreation - The Route 78--Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Road is known for it's scenic and recreational attractions.

Climate - The desert region experiences typically clear days with with low precipitation and humidity.
Temperatures are most comfortable in the spring and fall, with an average high / low of 85 and 50 degrees F respectively. Winter brings cooler days, around 60 degrees F, and freezing nights. It occasionally snows at the higher elevations. Summers are very hot, over 100 degrees F during the day and not cooling much below 75 degrees F until the early hours of the morning.

Location - This byway is located in the Desert Region of southern California. From the west boundary of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park on State Route 78 to the east boundary.

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Filed By: Louis (West Covina, CA)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Anza Borrego State Park is a must-see. Highway 78 is a great drive from Ramona all the way to Salton Sea. One climbs up, then down, and there are many wonderful views along the way. The desert is beautiful! Borrego Palm Canyon is a great place to camp. I would suggest reservations. I was there in January, 2000. The weather was perfect. I remember coyotes calling each other across the valley! I have camped elsewhere in the park as well, always nice. Check out the visitor center, if only for the plants. The teddy bear cactus is all over the place. The side roads are great too. Bring your camera, and allow plenty of time.


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ICON Scenic Driving Route 78--Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Road
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ICON Viewing Scenery Route 78--Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Road
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Additional Information:
California Scenic Byways - California offers one All American Road, two National Scenic Byways, and well over 50 state and National Forest designated scenic byways.

Links:
Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.

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