EVENT: Anza Borrego Desert Region--Book Launch & Presentation

Posted by Adventure 16 | 11.28.2017

Anza-Borrego Desert Region

Your Complete Guide to the State Park and Adjacent Areas
 of the Western Colorado Desert – 6th Edition

By Lowell and Diana Lindsay


Updated Book and Map Available November 2017

Anza-Borrego Desert Region Book Cover

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. It is the only guidebook needed for desert hikers, campers, 4WD explorers, mountain bikers, equestrians, and the casual visitor. It includes historical and cultural information as well as natural history of the area. It has been vetted by Park and BLM staff to make sure all descriptions are accurate. It is written in cooperation with California State Parks, the Anza-Borrego Foundation, and the US Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management. This easy-to-use guide includes a backpocket map, highway mileages, and comprehensive road and trail logs.

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 direct 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.

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Lowell Lindsay - PresenterDiana Lindsay - PresenterLowell and Diana Lindsay have been exploring the Anza-Borrego region for 50 years. They literally wrote the book about this desert  egion, 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. Their explorations have led to several award-winning books that they have written or edited, including: Anza-Borrego A to Z: People, Places, and Things; Marshal South and the Ghost Mountain Chronicles; Fossil Treasures of the Anza-Borrego Desert: The Last Seven Million Years; Geology of Anza-Borrego: Edge of Creation; Geology and Geothermal Resources of the Imperial and Mexicali Valleys; Ricardo Breceda: Accidental Artist; and Coast to Cactus: The Canyoneer Trail Guide to San Diego Outdoors. Their latest contribution is the fall 2017 release of the new greatly expanded 6th edition of Anza-Borrego Desert Region: Your Complete Guide to the State Park and Adjacent Areas of the Western Colorado Desert, which was originally published by Wilderness Press in 1978.

Diana received her master’s degree from San Diego State University, specializing in history and geography of the Southwest. She was a board member of the Anza-Borrego Foundation for almost 30 years and served twice as president. In 2013 she was presented with the Medallion Award—the state’s highest honor for “superior achievement” in volunteer service. She is an honorary California State Park Ranger. She was also Grand Marshal of the Borrego Days Desert Festival Parade in 2017 and received a resolution from the San Diego County Board of Supervisors acknowledging her contributions to this desert area.

Lowell is a former US Navy helicopter pilot and wilderness survival instructor. He received his master’s degree from West Texas A&M in public administration, specializing in environmental education. He worked for years as a YMCA executive director and for a period time managed Camp Marston and Raintree Ranch in Julian, California. He is past president of the San Diego Association of Geologists, served as treasurer of the national Association of Earth Science Editors, and is an active member of the ABDSP Paleontology Society. The Lindsays own Sunbelt Publications, a regional book publishing and distribution company located in San Diego, California.

The authors invite you to begin your own desert exploration and captivation with this guide.


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