Explore the amazing Anza Borrego Desert Slot

Tom’s Experience canyoneering through the Anza Borrego Desert Slot:

The Anza Borrego Desert Slot (or just “The Slot” for short) is a fun, short slot canyon in the middle of the Anza Borrego Desert State Park.

Anza Borrego Desert Slot

Getting to the trailhead can be a little difficult because it is on a loose sand road. The road is fairly well maintained though and should be reachable in any vehicle when the road is dry.

Anza Borrego Desert Slot Canyon

The slot canyon gets pretty narrow but its length is only 0.8 miles.

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The descent into the slot is pretty easy to get in and out and the slot literally starts right off of the parking lot.

Anza Borrego Desert Slot Canyon

Near the end of the slot there is a fallen pillar that has gotten stuck in the slot that creates a natural bridge.

The Anza Borrego Desert Slot

To get out I just walked back up the slot to where I parked my car. Dogs are not permitted on any trail in the Anza Borrego Desert Park.

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Trail Info: From Christmas Circle in Borrego Springs, drive 11.5 miles southeast on Borrego Springs Road. Turn left on Route 78 East, drive 1.5 miles, and turn left (north) on a dirt road marked Buttes Pass. Drive one mile up this dirt road to a fork, and continue to the left up Borrego Mountain Wash. Go another mile to the parking area for The Slot. Low clearance vehicles should be able to drive all the way to the trailhead at the end of the sandy dirt road. There were plenty of footprints that I could follow to help me get into the slot.


Trailhead = 33.18213,-116.214188

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