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Protected state land situated in Southern California called Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is located mostly within the eastern part of San Diego County, and a few portions in Riverside and Imperial counties. Encompassing 600,000 acres encompassing a fifth of San Diego County inside its borders, The Anza-Borrego Park is California's largest state park and within the United States continent second in size after the largest, Adirondack State Park in New York, Anza-Borrego park is a two hour drive from Palm Springs, The city of San Diego, and Riverside. The park gets its name from Juan Bautista de Anza, the Spanish explorer and borrego, the Spanish word for bighorn sheep.

There are 110 miles of hiking trails, 500 miles of dirt roads, and 12 wilderness areas located inside the park, providing visitors with an abundant opportunities to encounter the the Colorado Desert. Radio devices for those with hearing impairments can be obtained from the visitors area. Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is part of only 55 State Parks in California that have wi-fi availibility in one or more locations. Serenity, the 2005 feature film footage was shot in this park.

A number of visitors enter from the eastern side via California Highways S2,, S22, or 78. San Diego visitors via Highways 79 and 78 experience the additional pleasure of passing by way of the mountainous Cuyamaca Rancho State Park which is quite the opposite encounter from Anza-Borrego. Highways originating from the east assend to 2,400 feet more or less and then decrease around 2,000 feet into the desert valley. As the highway departs from the vegetation of the high-country, revealing the great Anza-Borrego desert bowl. Where the valley extends below, with mountains at every vista. The highest range the Santa Rosa Mountains located to the north. where the high country mountains are all wilderness, without paved roads running in or across. These mountains provide the only watercourse in the park that flows all year.

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