Thursday, April 7, 2011

Borrego, Day 3: Slot Canyon at South Palm Wash

We love the free organized tours led by volunteers from the Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association. On this day, we joined a group and went to South Palm Wash, at the eastern edge of the state park near Calcite Mine. A very short, and very steep, 4-wheel-drive road led to a slot canyon. There we parked and hiked for about 1.5 miles round trip--a relatively easy walk with some narrow spots and rock scrambling.

Here are some more views of the canyon. BTW the trail ends abruptly, where some car-sized rocks fell during a big storm a few years back.

Along the way we learned about some new plants: above, the coachwhip (long and slender, just like the snake of the same name); to the right, mezaluna, a small, delicate flower reminiscent of a ghost flower.