Table Mountain Proposed Wilderness Addition to Anza Borrego State Park
The California Desert Conservation and Recreation Act would add about 934 acres of wilderness to Anza Borrego State Park in San Diego County. This proposed wilderness addition is surrounded on three sides by the state park.
Table Mountain occupies a bench on the eastern slope of the Peninsular Range. It is made up of four separate mesas ranging in elevation from 3,600 to over 4,000 feet. The eastern edge falls abruptly away to the desert below – a plunge of more than 1000 feet per mile.
Views from the summits extend across the desert and the Imperial Valley to Arizona, north beyond the Salton Sea, and south into Mexico.
The red and orange shades of rock are distinctive, and the flat expanses of the summits support a high-desert grassland. Area plants include agave, cholla, barrel cactus, Mormon tea, brittlebush, saltbush, yucca, desert apricot, jojoba and creosote. Rare plants include Jacumba milkvetch, Mountain Springs bush lupine, sticky geraea, slender-leaved tenuifolia, desert beauty, hairy stickleaf, San Jacinto beardtongue, slender-lobed four o’clock, intermediate larkspur and pride-of- California.
The Kumeyaay Indians considered sacred this table-flat “island in the sky,” which is surrounded by granite spires and sawtooth ridges. The Kumeyaay left behind evidence of tool making, a documented village site and several pictograph sites within the proposed wilderness area.