Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, c.639 sq mi (1,655 sq km), S Calif., occupying most of E San Diego co. and neighboring portions of Riverside and Imperial cos.; est. 1933. Part of the Colorado Desert, the park is the largest desert state park in the contiguous 48 states and one of the nation's largest state parks. It is notable for its desert plants (including sometimes spectacular wildflowers), colorful canyons (some of them containing palm groves), badlands, and pine-covered mountains. Part of the Santa Rosa Mts. are in the northern section of the park, which surrounds, but does not include, the Borrego Springs resort area. The Vallecito Mts. are in the center of the park, and the Jacumba Mts. in its south. The Pacific Crest Trail passes through western sections of the park, and the Salton Sea is E of the park.
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