The Badlands in Anza Borrego State Park in Southern California formed about 4 million years ago.

The unique topography is primarily sandstone, mudstone and claystone.

This whole area was once an ancient sea, and fossils abound in this arid part of the desert.

“The Badlands may be the best place in North America to view sediments from the Pliocene and Pleistocene Epochs.”

The maximum summer temperature recorded here was was 122F .

The hottest I have experienced was 119F.

In the spring, fall and winter though, the Badlands are temperate and comfortable, good for hiking and exploring.

Cheers to you from The Borrego Badlands~

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    1. I like it in the summer, but, you have to be incredibly careful, and your activity is is shortened by the weather. You can hike, early or late, but always briefly. Surprisingly, despite the hostility, the desert supports an amazing variety of wildlife დ

  1. There were badlands on my father’s ranch in southern Alberta. As kids, we would look for fossils in them and there was once an archaeological dig by the University of Toronto on the site. It got very hot there too in the summer. Amazing scenery.

      1. That would be lovely. I certainly will let you know when we are coming. Right now we are back in shut down. So nobody is going anywhere.
        Leslie xoxo

  2. Such an interesting area, and it really does look like a sea-bottom. I experienced 50C (122F) when I lived in Arizona, and it’s not an environment you want to encounter without copious supplies of water. I would like to visit, but not in summer!

    1. Those sorts of temperatures need very careful planning. I was able to tolerate shaded time with lots of water outside better when I was younger. Now it must be very brief დ

  3. I like badlands, Cindy. Each has a unique character, while, at the same time, resembling other badland areas, whether you are wandering through South Dakota, the southwest or California. Similar geological history. They are great for nature lovers, photographers and budding geologists. Thanks for the reminder. –Curt

  4. Though the plants look old and broken and the earth shows its glorious colour. Badlands are fit to be called Goodlands. It shows nature at its best. Love the shots, they are amazing. 🙂

      1. If it gets colder all I have to do is put warmer clothing on,but In the heat you can only strip down so much and don’t forget about the radiation! That stuff will age you at twice the rate!

  5. Oh, Cindy, the California Badlands are too hot for me, even though I like the landscape very much. Northeast of Calgary near the town of Drumheller we also have an area known as the Badlands. It’s where lots of Dinosaur fossils have been found.

  6. Once more, an important lesson in geography from you. I have never heard of the Borrega Badlands, but they are magnificent.
    Pretty and I have been to the Badlands in South Dakota more than once and loved them. But we’ve never been to yours.
    Another wish on our list. Thanks!

  7. I spent a couple days out there when the desert was in bloom. A unique beautiful area. I boarded a plane in -20 Minneapolis and flew into San Diego 70 and took a jeep over the mountains into the desert 107 degrees. Oh to be young again. Saw a road runner and a coyote cross a trail in front of us…Funny moment.

    1. How awesome that you did that! I love the temp change. That’ll warm you up. The roadrunner and coyote sighting means they realized you needed special greeting! 😉

  8. Such awesome photos of the Badlands! This is even bigger than Badlands National Park. Youi have convinced me to make a trip or two there one of these days when it will be easier to travel.

  9. The badlands look “bad”, in the good way!
    Great shots of a seemingly austere, yet rich place on earth.
    Thank You Cindy!
    Happy Easter, or Passover….whatever you celebrate!

  10. YIKES!!! 119 deg. F!! The landscape reminds me somewhat of the Painted Desert and other places in Arizona and New Mexico. I definitely would visit such a place only in one of the “colder” seasons – which would be good because the cold seasons here are REALLY cold!

    Nice photo essay, Cindy!

  11. 122º is HOT! It is nice topography though and the thought of seeing fossils is intriguing. I expect with so little rain this year, the desert blooms are subdued?

    1. This year there is no superbloom at all and limited blooming that I could see. The ocotillos were blooming though, which always looks striking. I may post some photos of them. Hope all is well with you Eliza. დ

  12. Oh, und wie ich diese Wüsten Landschaften mag meine liebe Freundin. Sie errinnert mich sehr stark an die Wüste Negev in Israel, die ich oft besuchte. durchquerte. Frohe Ostern, liebe Cindy…

  13. Looking at these pictures, I was thinking how much nicer this area is than our cities. Until, that is, you mentioned the temperature of 122° and that changed my mind … at least for summertime! Still, it would be a fun place to spend a week hiking and exploring! Thanks, Cindy!

  14. Even though it looks mostly rock but I see few dried up plants. I am wondering whether there are few that can live in such harsh condition. This place must be a treasure for scientists.

    1. Surprisingly, the desert support and extensive web of life, both flora and fauna. There are lots of plants and animals that are adapted to live and thrive in the desert დ

  15. For someone who can’t get out, and has been locked-down in a three-roomed flat for a year, this was enlivening and lovely. Thank you, petal. ♥

  16. Great photos of the area, Cindy. I’ve never been a desert person but my last husband and his kids loved that area. I think they took dune buggies and motorcycles and rode in the area. At least that’s the best my memory comes up with. I know they talked about it a lot.

      1. I believe so, but it is not visible for human eyes. And probably it is right, it is safer for them.
        With no people the Nature is revive fast and have real beauty. Recently, I’ve read some articles and watched documentary about Chernobyl zone. After people left it because of catastrophe of 1986, the wild life in 30 years just had it renaissance. Nowadays, so many kind of birds and animals live there with no human intrusion. And the most surprising thing, they do not suffer of radiation like people do.

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