This was the observatory to discover the first Galaxy, Andromeda.
It has a lot of interesting facts about space and space-related topics.
There are four major gateways to the Anza-Borrego Desert area. The oldest, and still the most popular, is the historic Southern Emigrant Trail/ Butterfield Overland Mail Route, today's Hwy S-2 and the Hwy S-22 branch through Borrego Valley. Most San Diegans and almost all Orange County and Los Angeles traffic come via this northwestern gateway at Warner Junction (Hwys 79 and S-2). The western gateway, through Julian via Hwy 78, is the next most popular access. The eastern gateway, from Hwy 86 with entry points at Hwy S-22 and Hwy 78, brings visitors from Riverside and Imperial Counties. The southern gateway, Hwy S-2 from Ocotillo, brings visitors from San Diego and Imperial Counties via Interstate 8.
DESERT SAFTEY Know your physical limitations in the heat and rugged desert terrain. Summer temperatures can reach 125 degrees F. Always carry plenty of water...and drink it! It does you no good in your canteen. One gallon minimum per person per day is recommended. Wear sturdy footwear and a hat, and use sun protection. Do not hike alone -- use the buddy system. Tell someone of your trip plans. Use maps. Detailed topographic maps of the entire park are available at the Visitor Center. Start out with a well-maintained vehicle. Carry extra water, shovel, tools, flares, and blankets. Check the road condition board at the Visitor Center before you start out.
If your vehicle breaks down, stay with it! It is much easier to find a vehicle than a wandering person.
Should you find yourself in trouble, do not panic. If you have followed the above precautions, help will soon be on the way.
EMERGENCY -- CALL 911 for Medical, Fire, Police or Ranger.
Park Headquarters: 760-767-5311
Visitor Center Program Information: 760-767-4205
Camping Reservations: 800-444-7275
Wildflower Hotline: 760-767-4684
Favorite thing: California has over 260 State Parks containing a diverse collection of natural beauty, and a recreational wonderland unmatched anywhere else in the USA. I've been to the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park which is tucked into the southeastern corner of California. Running about 25 miles east-to-west and 50 miles north-to-south, it is California's largest state park encompassing more than 600,000 acres. It is framed by, and includes many rugged mountain ranges: the Bucksnorts and the Santa Rosas on the north, the Jacumba Mountains on the South and the Vallecito and Pinyon Mountains on the west. To the east, the Borrego Mountains taper into the Carrizo Badlands before falling away into the Salton Trough.