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Soak in the view of California's Grand Canyon in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Font's Point. (Bill McIntire / Anza-Borrego Foundation)
Font's Point. (Bill McIntire / Anza-Borrego Foundation)

Why: Perched at the end of the rising desert floor, Font's Point gives
onlookers a majestic view of California's badlands, several hundred
feet below. Though far flung, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is an expansive feast of nature well worth the time it takes to get there.

What: Font’s Point is part of a remote and sculptural landscape that was millions of years in the making. The vista’s ridge yields to a maze of sinuous channels, razorback ridges and sandy, sun-baked hills. Bring a chair, a picnic and perhaps some friends. The scene is best at sunrise and sunset when the rock formations glow with honey-dipped hues. Even better is a visit during a full moon. The accumulation of photographers at these times is a testament to the spectacle.

The brackish waters of the Colorado River and the Gulf of California
converged here long ago, making the area a dumping ground for
sediment. Today, the windswept and eroded rock is flush with the
fossils of animals and marine life that inhabited this once verdant
terrain.

Four miles of soft dirt road leads up to Font's Point, so check the
road conditions before your departure. Depending on the road's status,
a high clearance or 4WD vehicle may be necessary.

Closer to the park visitor center, the Borrego Palm Canyon Trail is a popular 3-mile round trip that begins with a trailhead at the end of the main campground road.

Where: In the heart of the Borrego Badlands, outside of Borrego
Springs, 168 miles southeast of downtown L.A.

How much: Free until recently. On Nov. 3, the state parks system started collecting a day-use fee of $10 per vehicle on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays at the Anza-Borrego visitor center.  

Info: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

 

Font's Point. (Darren Sleat / Anza-Borrego Foundation)
Font's Point. (Darren Sleat / Anza-Borrego Foundation)

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