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Anza Borrego Desert State Park, Hawk Canyon Rocks

The road traverses down a short steep grade into a sandy but usually hard packed wash where there is a left turn into Hawk Canyon. The main road continues on to San Felipe Creek Wash; the Hawk Canyon side road continues only about 0.7 mile to its dead end. From the narrow opening through a smoke tree wash, the canyon opens up slightly in the canyon bottom. The south side of the canyon is dominated by sheer walls of sedimentary rock, 120-150 feet ( 36-45 m) high. The north side is a steep-sided slope of granitic-derived rock.

From: Michael U. Evans, "Hawk Canyon," in Barbara W. Massey, Guide to Birds of the Anza Borrego Desert (Borrego Springs, CA: Anza Borrego Desert Natural History Association, 1998), pp. 85-7.

Anza Borrego Desert State Park Entrance Sign

On August 1, 1974, Secretary of the Interior Rogers C. B. Morton approved Anza-Borrego Desert State Park for inclusion in the National Registry of Natural Landmarks. Sites in the Registry possess exceptional value as illustrations of our nation's natural heritage. Anza-Borrego, the largest Desert State Park in the nation, contains some of the vest examples of the desert biotic communities in the Colorado Desert.

Hawk Canyon Entry Road

Hawk Canyon rocks 

Hawk canyon rock formation

Hawk Canyon wind eroded sedimentary rocks

Sedimentary rock with copper-based alluvial fan

Sedimentary rock with copper-based alluvial fan

Grantic rocks with grass formation

Sedimentary rocks with mesquite

Prairie Falcon Eyre

Desert Moon

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