A Cholla blooms at the visitor center at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Photo by Chris Stone

Another round of huge crowds flooding the East County desert to hunt for wildflowers prompted the California Highway Patrol to issue a traffic advisory for the Borrego Springs area.

The advisory was issued at 9 a.m. on Saturday for San Felipe Road and Montezuma Road, also known as S2 and S22. They are the main arteries for travelers approaching from the north.

Significant traffic jams caused the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department to issue a traffic advisory last weekend. The sheriff’s Rural Command issued tips for anyone planning a trip to Borrego Springs to see the wildflower bloom in the coming weeks:

  • Follow all instructions given by sheriff’s deputies and other law enforcement agencies related to the traffic situation in Borrego Springs.
  • Try visiting the area during the week when crowds are smaller.
  • If you plan on visiting during a weekend, expect traffic delays up to several hours on roads leading in and out of Borrego Springs.
  • Do not stop your vehicle in the middle of the road. Find a legal spot to park on the side of the road or in a parking lot.
  • Respect private property. Anyone caught damaging or parking on private property will be cited.
  • Pick up any trash you have and dispose of it properly.
  • Come prepared by bringing plenty of water, food/snacks and make sure your cell phone is fully charged.
  • Check the pressure on your vehicle’s tires before the drive out to Borrego Springs.
  • In the event of an emergency, dial 911 or call the sheriff’s department at (858) 565-5200.
  • The sheriff’s department and CHP both have assigned extra officers and deputies this weekend to help keep traffic moving.

— City News Service

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