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Sandi Hemmerlein  April 1, 2019

Located in the Colorado Desert portion of San Diego’s East County – between the Cleveland National Forest and the Salton Sea – you’ll find Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.

It’s quieter than Joshua Tree, and it’s more accessible than Death Valley.

And it’s got some of the darkest night skies you’ll find in SoCal, as the Golden State’s first and only International Dark Sky Community.

But there’s so much more to explore in Anza-Borrego beyond your campsite.

Whether you’re a desert dweller or a backcountry newbie, here are five of the best ways to absorb all that this expansive desert park has to offer. Read more:



Sandi Hemmerlein is a writer and photographer. In addition to her work for KCET, she also contributes to Discover Los Angeles and Atlas Obscura. Constantly on the prowl for new adventure, she spends most of her time in L.A. nurturing her interest in birds, animals, neon, historic theaters, puppets, trains, folk art, and stained glass. Sandi is also a field agent for the Los Angeles Obscura Society, and she documents everything on her own website Avoiding Regret.