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At the southern tip of the Anza Borrego Desert, Interstate 8 winds up the arid
In-Ko-Pah Mountain range. Sitting atop the crest overlooking the valley is Desert View Tower, only a stone's throw from the highway.

The tower, built in 1922, is a privately owned tourist attraction featuring 100-mile views, a museum, and massive stone sculptures carved during the Depression by an out-of-work engineer, W.T. Radcliffe.

A short walk down the gorge from the tower is a ravine that runs under the highway where a local man has created an army of "X-men" using stalks of yucca plants and discarded clothing left behind by migrants from Mexico.

Today, these migrants use the same ancient route that the In-Ko-Pah and other indigenous peoples once traveled on expeditions to the Pacific.
Nearby is a hiding place where the Border Patrol officers park their trucks, waiting to capture the unsuspecting ones.

Migrant footprints and discarded clothing are all that remain to tell of broken dreams and fragmented journeys.