EVENT: Anza Borrego 101: De-mystifying Desert Hiking

Posted by Adventure 16 | 03.01.2017
Carrizo Badlands

 Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is the largest state park in California, with over 640,000 acres. The Park features stunning washes, palm groves, cacti and dramatic vistas. Over five hundred miles of dirt roads, free backcountry camping, and a thousand square miles of open hiking provide visitors with an unparalleled opportunity to experience the wonders of the California desert.

Sheep Canyon

Although over 640,000 acres of habitat are open to hiking throughout Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, many hikers remain hesitant to thoroughly explore this seemingly intimidating landscape for a variety of reasons. This presentation explores those barriers while reviewing different skills and strategies that will help the desert-curious hiker to begin penetrating the wonders of the Anza-Borrego Desert.

Borrego Valley from the Santa Rosa Crest

Join Scott Turner, co-author of the 5th edition of Afoot and Afield San Diego County for this Desert Hiking 101 discussion that will provide a road map you will follow to deepen and expand your exploration of the Anza-Borrego Desert. 

In his presentation, he will provide a thorough overview of the skills and techniques necessary for a safe desert experience. In addition, the presentation will provide supplemental material detailing a comprehensive overview of desert hikes arranged from beginner level to expert level that will provide a road map to guide your exploration and facilitate a gradual development of desert hiking skills. Scott's presentation will also review educational programs and local agencies to facilitate your explorations of San Diego County's desert wonderland.

Thursday, March 2: A16 San Diego Store


Scott Turner is the co-author of the 5th edition of Afoot and Afield San Diego County and contributing writer for Modern Hiker.

During the course of his work on the book, he hiked over 100 different routes throughout Anza-Borrego Desert State Park ranging in difficulty from beginner

to expert.

Through the course of his experiences, he pushed through a host of misgivings toward desert hiking to develop a deep, enduring love for the desert and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in particular.