#785:  Santa Catarina

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10 mi NW of Borrego Springs (4-wheel drive dirt rd), Anza-Borrego Desert State Park



State Plaque




Continue on the dirt road past El Vado. This road requires some serious 4-wheel drive ability, unless you get out and hike the road. This is quite possibly the most difficult of the landmarks to get to. Photo 3 shows a bit of the road you have to take.

Plaque Text:

Santa Catarina

This spring area was named by Captain Juan Bautista de Anza when his overland exploration party camped here on March 14, 1774, during the opening Anza Trail from Sonora into Alta California. Anza's colonizing expedition of 1775, consisting of 240 persons and over 800 head of livestock, camped here the night of December 23.

Plaque placed by the California State Park Commission in cooperation with the Squibob Chapter, E Clampus Vitus, April 20, 1963.

©2009 David Schmitt