Monday, April 7, 2008

Anza Borrego Desert State Park: Yaqui Pass

We spent the first two nights at a backcountry campsite at Yaqui Pass. These primitive campsites are free and offer no hookups or running water. Some of them have vault toilets. This one did not. (Lucky for us, Tater has a toilet of his own.) The elevation at Yaqui Pass is 1730 feet - the third highest of the 14 campgrounds in Anza Borrego. It is 12 miles southeast of the Visitor's Center (meaning it is 12 miles from civilization aka Borrego Springs - pop. 2900). From Yaqui Pass, we explored the Kenyon Trail on foot, then Mine Wash and Buttes Pass on Mule. Here are some of our pics:

A view of Tater from the top of the hill

King of the hill

Me & Lola

Ben taking a spin on Mule

Lola chasing Ben

Tater & Mule at the campsite

Me in front of the only Bar in Borrego Springs

A view of the morning sky from our campsite

Tater in the morning

Ben & Lola hiking on Kenyon Trail

Lola quenches her thirst on the trail

A view from Kenyon Trail

Another view

This is a view of the mountains across the desert... Taken from the top of Kenyon Trail

To add some perspective, the horizontal(ish) line at the bottom is Route 78

Another view from the top of Kenyon Trail

Mule on the Mine Wash Trail (Off Route 78. Flash Flood Area)

A View from Buttes Pass

This Cockatoo belongs to a Borrego Springs local. Lola doesn't know what to make of a bird that (1) is bigger than her, and (2) doesn't fly away from her.

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