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These roundtrip airfares were valid as of 3 p.m. Friday, airline ticket pricing is volatile, and fares shown in the list might have changed since press time. This list is intended to be a snapshot of the lowest prices available. Restrictions apply on all fares. Provided by Washington Travel Service, 7702 Terminal St. S.W., Tumwater. 360-352-7655

San Francisco $268

Los Angeles $198

San Diego $228

Honolulu $341

Reno $158

Denver $268

Las Vegas $198

Salt Lake City $198

Phoenix $198

Anchorage $578

New Orleans $268

Dallas-Fort Worth $224

Minneapolis $236

Chicago $218

Kansas City $178

St. Louis $228

Memphis $301

Miami $228

Detroit $258

New York $238

Boston $278

Washington, D.C. $258

Atlanta $318

Orlando $218

Auckland $1,888

Cancun $322

Copenhagen $548

Dublin $477

Frankfurt $318

Hong Kong $583

London $544

Madrid $428

Paris $482

Puerto Vallarta $386

Rome $514

Sydney $1,398

Tokyo $610

foreign currency

in U.S. dollars $1 U.S. buys

Australia 0.78908 1.2672

Britain 1.9744 0.50645

Canada 0.85478 1.1698

Denmark 0.17397 5.7478

Euro 1.2964 0.77136

Israel 0.23741 4.2119

Japan 0.00824 121.265

Mexico 0.09187 10.8840

New Zealand 0.69550 1.4378

Sweden 0.14257 7.0138

Switzerland 0.80174 1.2472 ---


GETTING THERE: The park is about a two-hour drive from San Diego, Riverside and Palm Springs. Contact the park or its Web site for exact directions. Make sure your route entering or leaving passes through the old mining town, and current tourist destination, of Julian, which is famous for its pies. Most visitors get the apple, but the caramel pecan with a scoop of cinnamon ice cream was fabulous.

GUIDED TOURS: Two licensed companies offer park tours.

La Casa del Zorro Desert Tours uses four-wheel-drive Ford Excursions. Call 1-760-767-2882. Its brochures are in the Park Visitor Center.

California Overland Tours uses open-air military vehicles. Call 1-866-639-7567 or visit

ACTIVITIES: Hiking, naturalists' talks, fossil programs, nature walks, campfire programs and guided night hikes. Hunting is prohibited. Dogs are allowed in campgrounds on a leash, but not on trails or in wilderness areas.

LA CASA DEL ZORRO DESERT RESORT: Call 1-800-824-1884, or visit The resort has a "weekend romance" package for couples that includes Champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries, breakfast and an eco-tourism outing for $654 for one night and $1,102 for two in a deluxe poolside room. The weekday price is $562 and $919.

LODGING AND RESTAURANTS: For a full listing of lodging and restaurants available in Borrego Springs, call the Chamber of Commerce at 1-800-559-5524.

WILDFLOWER VIEWING: The wildflower hotline is 1-760-767-4684. Send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Wildflowers, ABDSP, 200 Palm Canyon Drive, Borrego Springs, Calif., 92004, and the park will notify you approximately two weeks in advance of the peak bloom.

FEES: The day use fee at the park is $6 per vehicle. Camping at developed campgrounds ranges from $7 for a camp site to $29 for a hookup and $53 for a group site. Reservations are required by calling 1-800-444-7275. Primitive and back-country camping is permitted and free.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: The park headquarters' number is 1-760-767-5311 and the Web site is The Visitor Center, which is underground and has new exhibits, is 1-760-767-4205. The center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., October through May, and open weekends and holidays only June through September.