Anza Borrego Slot Canyon
Borrego Mountain Wash, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, CA 92004
Trailhead coordinates: 33.18213, -116.21417
Dog Friendly: No Kid-Friendly: Yes
Hike: 1 mile out and back Level: Easy (but narrow)
The Anza Borrego Desert is actually the largest state park in California, with over 600,000 acres to explore & 500 miles of dirt roads. What appears to be barren land to the untrained eye, is actually a land rich with treasures that require going a little off the paved path to find. One of those treasures is the majestic slot canyons.
Slot canyons are narrower than they are deep, often to an extreme degree. Formed by flowing water eroding rock in a tight seam over millions of years, some canyons feature dramatic sculpturing of the nearly vertical cliffs. This reminded me a lot of Annie’s Canyon, which is a coastal slot canyon in Solana Beach.
It is advised to have an off-roading vehicle while traveling here as you will traverse off the paved road onto a dirt one. Always check the current road conditions. If it’s rained recently, even a 4-wheeler can get stuck. Take it from us as it’s happened out here before! Not a fun time! Make sure to have the coordinates plugged in before you head out to find this spot as there is no service and is easy to miss the road.
A glimpse from above of the adventure we’ll be getting ourselves into!