Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association : Activity Calendar

Things to do in Borrego Springs  


ABDNHA conducts approximately 150 desert walks, hikes, lectures, tours, guided trips, Desert 4WD, desert flower programs, stargazing, and other activities during the October to April desert season.  Many of our programs are free of charge to the general public and other programs have modest fees

 

Some of our programs allow online registration - see individual program listings below.  You may also register for all programs by visiting the ABDNHA Desert Nature Center, 652 Palm Canyon Drive, one block west of Christmas Circle.  You may also register by phone: 760-767-3098.    Join ABDNHA and receive our Sand Paper newsletter five times per year.


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Be Prepared
For All Desert Tours and Hikes


Have a vehicle in good operating condition with a full tank of gas. Know if 4WD is needed.

All hikes and walks require good closed-toed hiking shoes, and drinking water. Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, energy snacks are strongly recommended. 

A hiking pole is also recommended.  See hike descriptions as some hikes require hiking poles.

Know your physical condition.  All hikes are going to require walking on uneven ground.  Some hikes will involve elevation gain, bouldering, etc.  Read the hike descriptions and only go on hikes you feel you are prepared to handle.

Tell someone where you are going and when you will return.

 


ABDNHA's business members support the educational work of the Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association and provide tourism services in Borrego Springs.

 

Their support is appreciated.


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Landscaping

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Landscaping

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Apr. 7, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
ABDNHA Weekly Bird Walk

Leader: David Lasley, ABDNHA Volunteer
Want to know more about the birds you see in Borrego Springs and throughout Anza-Borrego? Join David Lasley and explore some of the best birding locations in Borrego Springs. Beginners and advanced birders are all welcome.  Meet at 8 a.m. at the south end of Marker, south of Tilting T opposite the entrance to Borrego Springs Resort. Bring binoculars, bird book, water, walking shoes. Call ABDNHA Nature Center 760-767-3098 to register. ABDNHA members and volunteers: no charge; Nonmembers: $5 donation requested.  Repeats on Thursdays.  

Apr. 8, Fri., 10 a.m. – Noon
ABDNHA Weekly Bike Ride
Leader: Larry Gilstrap, ABDNHA Volunteer
No charge for this social biking tour of the Borrego Valley, 12-20 miles. Meet at Bike Borrego on the south side of The Mall. Please reserve your place by calling us at the Nature Center at 760-767-3098.

ABDNHA 44th Desert Lecture Series

Seating is limited, and on a first-come, first-served basis. 
No charge for ABDNHA Members; $10 at the door for non-members, or we invite you to join ABDNHA.

April 8, Friday. 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m
Tides: Pulses Across the Universe

Speaker: Astronomer & Geologist David K. Lynch, Ph. D
What are tides and why do we have them?   Have tides affected the creation of life?   Do other planets have tides?   Why do some places have two high tides each day, and other have only one? Where are the largest tides in the world? The smallest? Do lakes have tides? What do Saturn's Rings have to do with tides?   What do we know about tidal forces in other places in the Universe?  If we dropped something into a Black Hole, what would happen? These and many other aspects of tides in the Universe will be discussed.  

Apr. 9, Sat.,  Borrego Rock and Gem Club (BRAG) Field Trip
Contact bragmail@yahoo.com for details.  

Apr. 9, Sat., 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Program: The San Andreas Fault

Speaker: David K. Lynch, Ph. D


What is the San Andreas Fault? Where is it? How can I see? What does it do to the landscape? Will an earthquake make California fall into the ocean? What risks does it pose? Should I worry about it? What towns lie on the fault? When is the "big one" coming? These any many other questions about the infamous San Andreas Fault will be discussed in an all color presentation. Topics covered include plate tectonics, continental drift, fault activity, the origin of volcanoes, the geologic future of California and much more.  David Lynch’s latest book is “Field Guide to the San Andreas Fault,” is available at the Nature Center and for signing at this program. Space limited, at the Nature Center Library. Call Nature Center to reserve. NM $12; M $10; V $7.
Register Per Person - add additional at checkout
Contact Phone # is Required


Apr 10, Sun., 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Field Trip: The San Andreas Fault Salton Sea Geothermal Field and the Salton Buttes

Leader: David K. Lynch, Ph. D
See related activity on April 9. We will spend all day (approx. 100 miles) visiting a number of geological features related to the San Andreas Fault. This will include the Salton Buttes volcanoes, geothermal mud pots and mud volcanoes, and finally Salt Creek where we will be able to see and actually stand on the San Andreas Fault. Along the way will we will see breathtaking views of the Salton Sea and migratory birds. This tour will involve leisurely drives - some on well graded dirt roads - and light walking. No 4WD or serious hiking is required.  Meet at the Nature center.  David Lynch (PhD Astronomy) is an infrared astronomer and remote sensing specialist at the Aerospace Corporation. His major fields of research include the infrared solar system astronomy, galactic physics, atmospheric optics, and image analysis.   Dave also does geological research and currently is with the USGS. He has published over 150 scientific papers and 10 books.  Call the Nature Center to reserve.  NM $25; M $20; V $18.  
Register Per Person - add additional at checkout
Contact Phone # is Required
 

Sunday, April 10, 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Hike: Redman Mine 

Leaders: Sanjiv Nanda and Paul Larson
Fabulous hike to a 100 year old gold mine (c. 1905) Well-maintained trail climbs steadily on the south face of Granite mountain with fabulous views to the east and south. Not so common hedgehog cactus is pervasive. We will visit mine entrances and many artifacts. Moderately strenuous 3.5 mile round trip hike with 1000 ft. of elevation gain. 4WD/high clearance preferred. Meet at ABDNHA from where we will carpool.  

Apr. 11, Mon. 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Hike: Deep in the Badlands

Leader: Dave Duncan
Explore the inner reaches of the Vallecito Badlands,  slot canyons, mud arches, and fantastic overlooks.  This is an easy to moderate hike, some crawling around is required arches where the wash is narrow,  2.5 miles total .  High clearance is essential, 4WD is recommended.  We meet at ABDNHA. 

Apr. 13, Wed. 
Borrego Rock & Gem Club Field Trip:

Contact bragmail@yahoo.com for details.  

Apr. 14, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
ABDNHA Weekly Bird Walk
Leader: Larry Gilstrap, ABDNHA Volunteer
Want to know more about the birds you see in Borrego Springs and throughout Anza-Borrego? Join Larry and explore some of the best birding locations in Borrego Springs. Beginners and advanced birders are all welcome.  Meet at 8 a.m. at the south end of Marker, south of Tilting T opposite the entrance to Borrego Springs Resort. Bring binoculars, bird book, water, walking shoes. Call ABDNHA Nature Center 760-767-3098 to register. ABDNHA members and volunteers: no charge; Non-members: $5 donation requested.   

Apr. 15, Fri., 10 a.m. – Noon
ABDNHA Weekly Bike Ride
Leader: Larry Gilstrap

No charge for this social biking tour of the Borrego Valley, 12-20 miles. Meet at Bike Borrego on the south side of The Mall. Please reserve your place by calling us at the Nature Center at 760-767-3098.  

Apr. 16, Sat. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Hike: Lake Morena Butte
Leader:  Marilyn Moskowitz, ABDNHA Volunteer

You will feel like you are on the top of the world! Great views await you; on a clear day you can see to the ocean. This is a moderately strenuous 8.8 mile hike, starting at elevation 2,400 and ascending approximately 1,900 feet.  We climb through beautiful vegetation, wildflowers, and rock formations.  Meeting point for this hike is at the trailhead at the entrance to Lake Morena County Park, in southern San Diego County. If you carpool from ABDNHA, plan to leave Borrego Springs at 7:15 a.m.  From Borrego Springs take 78 west to 79, then south on 78 to I-8.  East on I-8,  Exit on Buckman Springs Road, go south 7 miles to Oak Drive, then west 2 miles to Lake Morena Drive, straight to the park entrance. You will need sun protection, snacks, lunch, and plenty of water. No charge. Call us to reserve: 760-767-3098.

Apr. 21, Thu., 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Full Moon Nighttime Walk: South Palm Wash

Leader: Mike McElhatton, Education Director
Experience the unique and serene beauty of moonlight on the canyon walls as we take an easy one-mile walk through South Palm Wash. Meet at the ABDNHA office and carpool from there.  4WD is necessary for a short 1/10th mile off-highway-segment into the wash.  Anyone without 4WD can catch a ride for that section. Bring a flashlight, water, and good hiking shoes. Dress for the weather. Limited to 15 people. Activity  cancels with thick cloud cover or high wind. No charge; call to reserve.  

Apr. 23, Sat., 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Hike: PCT Warner Springs
Leader: Joan Malone, ABDNHA Volunteer

An approximate 5 mile hike from Warner Springs Fire Station along a portion of the PCT west of Highway 79. Bring water, snack/lunch and wear good hiking shoes. Meet across the highway from Warner Springs Fire Station. No charge. Call the Nature Center to reserve.
Apr. 27, Wed., 2 p.m.
Borrego Rock & Gem Club (BRAG)

Meeting of the local rock and gem club. Open to everyone.  Meet at ABDNHA.

Apr. 27, Wed., 2 p.m. Borrego Rock and Gem Club (BRAG) meeting
Meeting of the local rock and gem club Meeting is open to everyone.  Meet at ABDNHA.  

Apr. 30, Sat., 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
4WD Trip: Coyote Canyon II, To the end of the trail 4wd trip.
Leader: Ed Pollock, ABDNHA Volunteer
A challenging  drive to the end of the trail in Coyote Canyon. After a desert drive this trip could involve three stream crossings, water has been low this year.  We will proceed up a rocky boulder strewn path called the Bypass Road,   From there the trail will continue following Collins Valley past Middle Willows.  The trail, ever changeable, becomes a rocky and technical drive to the gated end.  At that point we will have lunch and time to wander around a nearby little known Indian village site.  The return trip will follow the same route back to Borrego valley.  Approximately a 50 mile round trip. Due to the terrain and driving challenge, this trip is restricted to 4wd Jeep type vehicles.  Crossover 4w or all wheel SUV vehicles are not suitable due to low clearance and potential body damage. Long wheel base pickups would be at the discretion and skill of the driver but not recommended.  We have never had a big problem on this drive but the possibility is certainly there.  Bring a full tank of fuel, good tires and ensure vehicle is in good working condition.  Camp chair, lunch, camera and other similar items as desired.  Trip will cancel in the unlikely event of heavy rain.

May 7, Sat., 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Hike: Volcan Mountain via Five Oaks Trail
Leaders: Volunteers Urmi Ray and Sanjiv Nanda
Getting hot in the desert? Join us in the nearby mountains for a hike in the Julian area. This hike is a moderately strenuous 6 miles round trip with a fairly steep climb and an elevation gain of 1,500 feet with amazing 360 degree views from the peak. Meet at 9 a.m. at the trailhead. Trailhead parking is limited. Trailhead is on Farmer Road, just off Wynola Road. Take Route 78 up Banner Grade. Right on Wynola Road. Right on Farmer Road. Bring lunch, water, and dress appropriately; it can be cool and windy. Wear sturdy hiking boots. No charge.  Call the Nature Center to reserve, 760-767-3098.




May 11, Wed. 
Borrego Rock & Gem Club Field Trip:
Contact bragmail@yahoo.com for details.  

May 21, Sat., 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunset & Moonrise at Font’s Point
Leader: Mike McElhatton, ABDNHA Education Director
An ABDNHA end-of-season tradition!  Bring your favorite beverage and snack to share, plus a comfortable chair, to Font’s Point to watch the sun go down and the moon come up. The full moon rises 19 minutes after the sun goes down. 4WD advised. We will carpool from ABDNHA, leaving at 6:45 p.m. allowing lots of time to settle in when we get there. No charge, call Nature Center to reserve, 1-760-767-3098.  



   

 

 

 
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