CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 2009 |
Harriet Allen, an environmentalist who mentored generations of desert activists and played a key role in the 1994 passage of the landmark California Desert Protection Act, has died. She was 95. Allen died Sept. 30 of complications related to old age at a Kaiser hospital in San Diego, her family said. "She waged a decades-long battle to educate everyone that the desert matters," said Elden Hughes, a longtime desert-protection activist. "The fact that the desert has sustained itself as well as it has is a tribute to Harriet Allen.
August 29, 1986
GETTING THERE: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park: From north county take Highway 78 east to Highway S2 north. From Highway S2, go east on Highway S22 into Borrego Springs and then turn left on Palm Canyon Drive to the park headquarters. From the south pick up 78 by taking Interstate 8 east to 67 north. For more information, call 767-5311. Visitor Center: The Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Visitor Center will begin its winter hours Oct. 1. The center will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
September 20, 2005 |
OFFICIALS at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park are scheduled Oct. 7 to reopen the visitors center, after completing a $1.5-million renovation. The underground center, which was closed much of the summer, now includes paleontology exhibits, videos and Native American artifacts. Before the renovation, some displays were broken and dilapidated, such as an earthquake exhibit that didn't shake.
February 28, 2010
These five parks regularly update wildflower reports on their websites during viewing season. They also post activity calendars with details on ranger and docent programs. Desert USA, http://www.desertusa.com/wildflo/ca.html , keeps track of conditions throughout the Southwest deserts. Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=638 Joshua Tree National Park, http://www.nps.gov/jotr Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve, http://www.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 1990
Three cheers for your editorial Feb. 4, "Off-Roaders Don't Belong in Anza-Borrego Desert." You failed to mention, however, one more good reason why off-roaders should be kept out of the state park: noise pollution. I travel the back roads of Anza-Borrego by mountain bike, and I wander in the back country on foot. One of my primary rewards is the peace and quiet and solitude which the desert offers, and which is easily destroyed by the whine of an all-terrain vehicle. Let the stimulation junkies get their adrenaline highs on their noisy vehicles, but please, not in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.
February 16, 1997 |
From the Carrizo Badlands Overlook in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, you can peer down at 10 miles of folded and twisted terrain. Although the badlands look impenetrable, there's a way into the maze of cliffs, caves and winding washes. One way is via Canyon Sin Nombre, below the overlook. "Canyon Without a Name," is not the dark and scary place its name might suggest. Its rocky walls--sculpted into a variety of shapes and patterns--are a mosaic of blacks, browns and grays.