Thursday, May 19, 2005 | There is a treasure in the Anza-Borrego desert region that many have driven through but few know more intimately. It is the San Felipe Valley, a gently sloping valley that contains a lovely mixture of habitats and supports a varied flora and fauna.

Most of the land is now under the aegis of public agencies, and there are trails with public access at two points, with more planned.

This article is condensed by courtesy of its author, Barbara Massey, and the Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association from the Spring 2005 issue of The Sand Paper. For more information, contact ABDNHA at

Barbara Massey is an ornithologist and conservationist whose interests embrace coastal and desert birds and their habitats, including the Anza-Borrego Desert and the Salton Sea.

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