Anza-Borrego Desert Region and the Kiwanis
February 3 @ 7:00 am–9:00 am
Join local expert Diana Lindsay at the Alpine Kiwanis as she presents the latest edition of her book Anza-Borrego Desert Region.
For almost 40 years The Anza-Borrego Desert Region has been the most comprehensive guidebook for Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (ABDSP), Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area (OWSVRA), and the surrounding region including federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) desert lands. It is the book given to new ABDSP rangers to introduce them to their assigned patrol areas and is considered “the bible” for anyone thinking about visiting these desert lands.
The new 6th Edition has been updated and includes new areas that are now completely part of ABDSP, including more acreage in the Laguna Mountains and connecting trails to adjacent Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. The seven newly created Cultural Preserves encompass over 40,000 acres of park lands. Details highlight the historical and cultural significance of the preserves. OWSVRA has also grown in size with the acquisition of the Truckhaven/Desert Cahuilla area and new trails to explore. The book includes 200 trails for hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians. The Desert Directory of agencies, accommodations, and facilities is totally updated.
Lowell and Diana Lindsay literally wrote the book about this desert region, including its cultural and natural history. Lowell encountered this vast preserve while flying US Navy training missions over the area. In 1967 he brought a reluctant Diana to the desert who thought there was nothing there because why else would it be called a “desert?” Each successive trip introduced a new aspect and delightful surprises that continue to this day.