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Borrego Springs is most visited during the spring when thousands of people flock to this desert community to view wild flowers. Borrego Springs has another reason to visit this desert oasis. Over the last couple of years Dennis Avery and artist Ricardo Breceda have been placing life size statues of Prehistoric creatures that once inhabited this region of Southern California. These sculptures are an amazing sight to see in the middle of the Anza Borrego Desert. There are more than fifty prehistoric look-a-likes scattered across Dennis Avery's Borrego Springs property with plans for more. Borrego Springs is located in the middle of Anza- Borrego State Park which in itself is a wonderful place to visit. With the addition of these fascinating metal statues Borrego Springs is a must see. More information and a map to the statues is available on Dennis Avery's website.
Donner Memorial State Park is located near the town of Truckee in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Donner pass is where in 1846 members of the Donner party were stranded as them attempted to make a late season crossing over the Sierra Nevada Mountains. According to history some members of the group resorted to cannibalism to survive. The Emigrant Trail Museum at Donner State Park has exhibits depicting the tragic story and there is also a short hiking trail where you can see the actual site of the Donner party encampment. During the winter the lake freezes and snow completely covers the campground. When summer rolls around Donner State Park is an ideal place to camp. Visitors arrive from both Sacramento and Reno to escape the heat of the valleys below. Donner Memorial State Park has a swimming area and picnic sites for day use. Camping facilities are open during the summer: Creek Campground: May 28, 2010 to Sept 26, 2010, Ridge Campground: Jun 18, 2010 to Sept 12, 2010, and Split-rock Campground: July 1, 2010 to Sept 6, 2010 . Camping reservations can be made through Reserve America and are a must for most holidays and weekends.