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.
Copyright: - California Scenic Highway Program
During various seasons along Route 78, wildflowers brighten the lower desert valley
- 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.
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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