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China Camp Hike

Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association

This interpretive hike is a very gradually sloping 5-miles round-trip to the site known as China Camp. We’ll explore a circa 1910 SD&A survey camp used when seeking a route through Carrizo Gorge, and a separate construction camp occupied while building two nearby railroad tunnels. We’ll hike at a social pace through soft sand and […]


Why and How SD&A’s Goat Canyon Trestle Was Built

Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association

Beginning in 1926, there were a series of foreboding events and warnings about impending catastrophe in a remote part of the Anza-Borrego Desert, which the San Diego & Arizona Railway ignored. The “Impossible Railroad” curse struck again! In 1932, a massive landslide led to the abandonment of Carrizo Gorge’s Tunnel #15 and subsequent construction of […]