The desert is just an hour or so east of San Diego. It’s a great place to explore a unique and unusual ecosystem for most of the year — October through May.
The perfect companion to your desert journeys is my new book, Joyrides Around San Diego. Sized to fit in your glove compartment, map pocket or backpack, it’s just $19.95 and includes 10 drives around San Diego County, two in the Anza Borrego Desert State Park. Plus, you’ll get eight more drives that are in the mountains and coast.
Prefer it in a digital format?
Take my two Joyride Guru books for Amazon Kindle to visit two spectacular areas in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park: Font’s Point and the two Blair Valleys. Also, discover the old U.S. 80 in San Diego county, which starts in the high-desert area.
- Beautiful Badlands: Drive from the ocean to the desert, through the city, mountains, and the desert town of Borrego Springs, ending at Fonts Point for spectacular views of San Diego County’s unique ecosystem.
- Off the Grid Journey: Take a trip on an easy, off-pavement drive on the western edge of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, good for off-road novices with all-wheel-drive vehicles. Spectacular desert vistas along 8-mile driving route in sand.
- Towering Old Highway: The well-preserved former U.S. 80 in eastern San Diego County has all the charms of driving on an old country highway. Generally devoid of traffic, it has gentle curves with spectacular vistas in terrain ranging from high desert to mountain pines to California coastal hills. Desert View Tower is a must-see that isn’t like anything on Route 66.