Mortero Wash - Anza Borrego

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Ocotillo, California (San Diego County)
Last Updated: 04/09/2023

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Mortero Wash is a popular destination in Anza-Borrego due to its rich cultural and historical significance and stunning natural beauty. The wash is located in a southeast area of the park and offers visitors a chance to explore the region's fascinating history and unique geological formations. The wash is home to many stunning rock formations and canyons, including the Mortero Palms, an oasis of palm trees fed by a natural spring. Also rich in railroad history, you hike to the famous Goat Canyon Train Trustle, the world's largest wooden train bridge, or keep it easy and check out the old stop directly off the trail. The Kumeyaay, early Native Americans left behind various ancient artifacts, including mortars and pestles used for grinding seeds and grains that you can witness in the Piedras Grandes Cultural Preserve found on the trail.

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