Music Under the Stars
with Rick Shea and the Losin' End
April 4, 6:00 – 9:00 P.M.
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park®
Visitor Center Amphitheater
Enjoy a beautiful night under the stars with popular musician Rick
Shea and his band. Their eclectic sets blend traditional
country-western, roots rock, and southwest Norteño.
Listen, dance, and hang out with friends for a great evening! Light
snacks and a no-host bar with beer and wine. Rick's last concert was
a quick sell-out. Sponsored by Anza-Borrego Foundation and
Institute. Tickets are $20, available
See the online ABFI calendar for more information on this and other
Peg Leg Smith Liar's Contest
April 4, 7:00 P.M.
Henderson Canyon Rd., 1,000' N. of Peg Leg Rd.,
in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park®
Thomas L. 'Peg Leg' Smith (1801-1866) was a mountain man,
prospector, and spinner of tall tales. This annual event in his
honor attracts raconteurs from around the globe. Contestants tell
stories, many in period costumes.
Tour Historic Cary Ranch (La Puerta)
April 18, 9:15 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.
Tour the Cary Ranch, a privately owned, 160-acre ranch at the
northernmost reaches of Coyote Canyon and not usually open to the
public. A California Historical Landmark commemorates Anza's
expedition encampments nearby. The ranch is also a former major
Cahuilla Indian village site and was home to Borrego cattleman Fred
Clark, who acquired it from the Cahuillas.
Visit two rock shelters containing "horse and rider" pictographs,
many morteros, a spring or two, remains of Clark's 100-year
old adobe home, and part of the collection of artifacts found at the
ranch. The tour involves walking a total of about one mile at a slow
pace on uneven, rocky terrain with many stops along the way. To get
to the rock art, there will be a short climb up some boulders. Trip
limited to 20 people.
See the online ABDNHA calendar for more information on this and
other great desert activities at