Tuesday, December 27, 2016
The park is named for Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza and the Spanish word borrego, or bighorn sheep. The park features washes, wildflowers, palm groves, cacti and sweeping vistas. Visitors may also have the chance to see roadrunners, golden eagles, kit foxes, mule deer and bighorn sheep as well as iguanas, chuckwallas and the red diamond rattlesnake. Listening devices for the hearing impaired are available in the visitor center.
The Ocotillo spreads its roots out in all directions just below the surface to absorb water whenever it rains. The Ocotillo sometimes has no leaves and looks like a dead plant. But it is not dead at all! As soon as there is some rain the branches will be covered in bright green leaves.
About three-fourths of the way you will reach the natural rock bridge. It is a great place to stop and take in the size of the canyon you are in.