Geology and Natural History of Anza Borrego Desert State Park in Borrego Springs
About this event
This two-day weekend field class explores the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park which is the largest state park in California. At 600,000 acres, it includes ecosystems of the Colorado Desert and the Peninsular Mountain Range. The region is one of the most active seismic areas in North America. The Salton Trough contains two of the three major plate boundaries. The northern end of the East Pacific rise, a diverging plate boundary, is responsible for the -280-foot elevation at the bottom of the Salton Trough, second only to Death Valley. The second boundary type is represented by the San Andreas Transform fault system. The plate interaction here has exposed rocks from 1.5 billion years old to recent sediments 2 million years old. Our field trip will include a walk through a slot canyon, visits to Palm Canyon and Fonts Point and a drive through the “World Class” geologic site of Split Mountain. Participants will need to make their own weekend accommodations. We have acquired a few campsites at Anza Borrego State Park for those who wish to camp. Contact us for information on the campsites and fees. For those that wish to reserve a motel room, please contact us for a list of accommodations in Borrego Springs. Class size is limited to 12 participants.
This is a cooperative class with the University of the Pacific and students from that university will be attending.
Download the course outline: Geology and Natural History of Anza Borrego Desert State Park
If you are a member of JTNPA you will get a $10 discount off every Desert Institute class. If you are not a member you can become one here.
Please print and fill out the PARTICIPANT AGREEMENT. You can bring the completed form to the class.
Cancellation Policy: If you need to cancel, notify us at least seven days prior to the start of the course and we will process your request minus a $25 cancellation fee. No refunds, transfers, or credits will be granted if cancellation occurs within the seven day period. Please note that we cannot make any exceptions to this refund policy for any reason, including but not limited to medical reasons, illness, travel delays, personal situations, emergencies, or weather. This program depends on registration for its funding. While inconvenient, please understand that this policy enables us to sustain our programs even with last minute cancellations.
Ted Reeves, B.A., Biology, has taught Biology and Geology at Chaffey High School in Ontario, CA for 37 years. He has led field trips in Southern California, Yosemite, Yellowstone, the Tetons, Grand Canyon and Hawaii. He is presently teaching for University of the Pacific and believes that a relevant Natural History class requires an outdoor experience.