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Anza Borrego State Park-The Pumpkin Patch

 the pumpkin patch anza borrego state park

GPSN33 11.156 W 116 04. 971
Elevation153 to 305 ft.
SeasonYear round: best Oct.-May
TerrainModerate: washes, conditions change due to weather and trail can be
difficult to find/follow when obscured by sand.
Difficulty Easy to moderate: packed dirt, washboard, sand, small rocks
Required VehicleStock 4×4
TimeApproximately 1 hour
Length4 miles each way
View of pumpkin patch Anza Borrego
View of pumpkin patch Anza Borrego
pumpkins-Anza Borrego

Site Location and Description  To reach this area from the south use Shell Reef Expressway to East Bank to Pumpkin Patch Trail.  It can also be reached from the north by taking the Cross Over Trail from S-22 to Tule Wash.  The Pumpkin patch is about as large as a city block.  It is a protected area that is fenced in with an entry area allowing you to walk amongst the amazingly weird rock formations.  There is a toilet and lunch area with picnic tables as well.

The History of the Pumpkin Patch The Pumpkin Patch is located in the Ocotillo Wells SRVA, just east of the Anza Borrego State Park boundary.  These pumpkin shaped rocks are called “concretions” and were formed under the sand by water carrying properties that solidified the surrounding sandstone forming a concrete like substance that dried and then as the sand above it blew away, came to the surface. They usually contain a natural “nucleus” in that the concretion formed around a leaf, piece of shell or possibly a fossil. Sand and weather help shape them. The sandstone is old Diablo sandstone from the Colorado river delta.


pumpkin patch rock formations-Anza borrego
pumpkin patch rock formations-Anza borrego

pumpkins 2 -Anza Borrego