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Music, Tall Tales & Historic Ranch


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 here.

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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.

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