Anza Borrego Photos

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Wildlife in Anza Borrego
(see flowers here)

Anza Borrego butterflies Anza Borrego is home to numerous insects such as ants, beetles, ladybugs, bees and butterflies.

Butterflies are flighty: you may see them fluttering about, they are hard to photograph.

Harvester ants (Pogonomyrmex anzensis) collect flowers and seeds from nearby plants and drag them under the ground for storage. These ants have mighty mandibles (jaw) to cut and harvest the seeds. The ants play a role in disseminating seeds.
anza borrego beetle
At the height of the flowering season, there is an abundance of bugs who feed upon the flowers.
It is not unusual to see some mating.

 anza borrego frog
Keep an eye out for small lizards, frogs, and snakes. These frogs were at the waterfalls in the Palm Canyon trail. They camouflage well with their environment but they are not difficult to catch.

Lizards are quite common in Anza Borrego but they blend well with their environment. Often you can get a glimpse of them as they skitter away.
black tailed jackrabbit A black-tailed jackrabbit jumps away as we approach. Anza Borrego is also home to the Audubon Cottontail and the Brush Rabbit. Rabbits are most active in the early morning and late evening.

In terms of mammals, the park is home to rabbits, bighorn sheep, coyotes, and mountain lions. These larger animals are hard to find though not impossible for those who visit the Park frequently. Photo by Greg Bulla big horn sheep
Anza Borrego birds
Although hard to see, there are over 300 species of birds in this desert park.
Left: Black-Throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata); photo by Elaine R. Wilson.
Right: Verdin (Auriparus flaviceps); photo by Alan D. Wilson

Photos of the Borrego Palm Canyon Campsite

palm canyon campsite Full hook-up campsite with desert mountain in the background. No tents in this campsite, only RV's. During peak season, it can get quite busy.

Borrego Palm Canyon campground with ramada visible. Ramadas are open shelters with brush or branches for a roof; they are designed to provide shade.

anza borrego camping
anza borrego toilet Toilets are made to blend-in with the surrounding environment. The structure has no roof and no doors so you may relieve yourself under the sun and stars.

Read about Anza Borrego campsites here.

Palm Canyon Trail (details here)

palm canyon trail
Palm Canyon Trail head. Remember to take a free Trail Guide which describes points of interest.

Trail has varied terrain. It starts off on coarse sand with small boulders to circumvent.

palm canyon trail

palm canyon trail
At marker 8, you can see morteros made by ancient peoples who lived in this canyon. Shown are 3 indentations where seeds were ground for many centuries to form holes.

palm canyon trail
By marker 11, you will be able to see the palm oasis. It rises out of rocks and mountainsides.

palm canyon trail
Once you cross the foot bridge, you will begin to see lush vegetation. There are 3 or 4 cross points where you will cross the creek. Visitors enjoy scrambling over the boulders and exploring the water.

palm canyon trail

palm canyon trail
In the oasis, you will find cool shady places to rest. New growth is at the fringe while older trees are in the center of the oasis. Notice the "skirt" of dead leaves which hang down like a curtain. These dead leaves help keep in moisture and provide a home for small creatures.

palm canyon trail
Beyond the oasis and towards the right, there are 4 or 5 more water falls. Here you can find ladybugs, water spiders, frogs and flowers.

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