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Desert View Tower



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Desert Tower Tour:
Tower
Cave Entrance
Cave
Cave Sculptures
Top of Caves

In the days of the 1st Native Americans, the site on which the Desert Tower now stands with both of home and a resting place. In-Co-Pah tribes lived on in the air this year close to the underground springs. Other desert tribes on their journeys to the coast would stop here for a cool breezy rest. On their journey home Anza- Borrego’s multicolored plains spread out before them, welcoming them home.

Later, in pioneer days, the Mountains springs’ station was only 1 mi. north from the current Tower location. The grade portion of the stagecoach Road proved too steep for overloaded wagons. Mountain springs station provided oxen that pulled the precious cargo of people, possessions, produce the raw materials up to 30 percent grade to higher elevations.

The stagecoach journey from San Diego, Calif. to Yuma, Ariz. required for a month of arduous travel. The site became an inspiration to weary travelers. To the westward bound it marks the end of the desert heat and the beginning of cool mountain passes anticipating an inviting coast. To the eastward bound it presented a breathtaking desertscape full of changing mesmerizing colors-lilacs, blues, sienna's, purples-a mysteriously painted Kingdom its hills and plains begging to be explored.

Location: Interstate 8 seventy miles east of San Diego. 40 miles west of El Centro. Take the In-Ko-Pah Rd. turnoff

Phone:
(619) 766-4612


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