Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Imperial Valley Winter Escape
Tour California Imperial Valley Vacation Resorts :
Located in the remote southeastern corner of the State of California, this desert area presents great adventure opportunities for the non-summer months. Hiking, exploring, wildlife, fishing and river treks along the Lower Colorado River and Salton Sea. Imperial Valley is also home to several great off-road vehicle sand dune recreation areas.
El Centro is the commercial hub for the agriculturally rich Imperial Valley. Irrigation successfully transformed a barren desert into productive farmland. Best crops are tomatoes, sugar beets, melons and lettuce. Most of El Centro is located at elevation 45 feet below sea level.
Borrego Springs is certainly one of the most scenic desert resort areas of California. The desert valleys are bordered by 9,000 foot mountain peaks. Some have said that Borrego Springs is what Palm Springs was 50 years ago - peaceful, quiet, relaxing. There are no stoplights in Borrego.
600,000 acre Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, the largest state park in the contiguous United States and voted the #1 state park in California by National Geographic. This area was first traversed by Spanish explorer Juan Batiste de Anza in 1774. Visitors can traverse canyons full of desert palms, ancient pictographs,
majestic cactus and early spring wildflowers.
Cibola NWR is located in the floodplain of the lower Colorado River and surrounded by a fringe of desert ridges and washes. The refuge encompasses the historic Colorado River channel and several important backwater areas that are home to many wildlife species. Because of the river’s life sustaining water, wildlife here survive in an environment that reaches 120 degrees in the summer and receives an average of only 2 inches of rain per year.