To get to southern Anza Borrego, you have to pass through two U.S. Border Patrol checkpoints.
Quick stop to look at the Carrizo Badlands.
Checking out Carrizo Creek which is one of our favorite areas of Anza Borrego.
Rock House Canyon was quiet and hot!!
Impressive Smoke tree on the way out of Carrizo Creek.
If you were out of water this would be a life saver. I counted at least 7 or 8 water drop points while I was exploring the Carrizo Creek / Torote Canyon area.
Indian Gorge is the turn-off to Torote Canyon as well as Indian Valley. The road can be a little soft in places so it is good to have a dependable 4WD.
Entrance to Torote Canyon
This small Beaver tail cactus looked like it needed some water.
Dry Ocotillos frame a blue desert sky.
Impressive Elephant Tree in Torote Canyon. Elephant trees are found throughout the Sonoran Desert including Baja California. Their twisted trunks give this particular canyon its' name.
Elephant Trees are drought deciduous which means they can remain leafless for most of the year to conserve water.
Kicking it on a rock.
Heading out of Indian Gorge
Indian Gorge has a prehistoric feel to it.
While these clouds look like they were threatening rain, the hot dry Anza Borrego desert had other ideas.