|Typically Open:||Year Round|
(EASY - MODERATE)
|Highest Elevation:||794 feet|
|Duration:||About 1 hour|
|Shape of Trail:||Out & Back|
|Best Direction to Travel:||West|
|Nearest Town:||Borrego Springs|
|Nearest Town w/ Services:||Borrego Springs|
|Official Road Name:||The Slot|
|Management Agency:||Anza-Borrego Desert State Park|
|District:||Anza-Borrego Desert State Park|
"The Slot" is a extremely narrow hiking trail in a sandstone canyon in the heart of Anza Borrego State Park. The off-road drive to The Slot is a very easy one with some soft sand and compact hard dirt. The road is safe to drive in a 2wd vehicle most of the year, but please note, when it comes to taking any dirt road, it is always best to travel in a group. Once you reach The Slot, you can hike from east to west down the canyon. The Slot starts out an openish area but quickly closes in. At points in the trail you will be trying to shimmy sideways just to continue on. Once to the bottom it opens up to a slot canyon just wide enough for a off-road vehicle. If you have an equipped vehicle and are with a group, driving around this end of the trail might make for a full day adventure. For most people, it is recommended that you go back out the way you came in. **Important Notice** It gets over 110 degrees at The Slot in the summer. Please bring lots of water and notify people where you are going. Also, this area is at high risk of flash flood. Only enter The Slot on sunny days.
Rocky or undulated road surface. Potential rocks and/or tree stumps less than 24" tall and/or vertical ledges less than 24" tall and/or near vertical ledges or waterfalls less than 54" inches. Tire placement becomes more difficult. Can be steep and off-camber.Read more about our rating system
Turn off Highway 78 roughly 1/4 of mile east of Borrego Springs Road, head north
Stay to the left / west at Y (Hawk Canyon)
Park at the edge of The Slot. The trail turns hard left when at the slot and follows the ridge.
Some of the tight places in The Slot
West most end of The Slot. This end can be approached by vehicle. But note, if trying to reach this end, it will require a full day trip of cross desert travel.
This is where the trail becomes one way. If you are not in an equipped 4x4 and not with a group, do not proceed down this path. This will drop you onto Borrego Mountain Wash which leads to several other washes. Once down this hill the only exit is going north about 20 miles. The trail gets tight and hard at first once down and wouldn't be recommend for long wheelbase.
The trail ends at Borrego Mountain Wash. To the south is The Slot, while if you go north it will take you to San Felipe Wash.
Starting Point: Ocotillo Wells, CA
You are allowed to do dispersed camping in this area, but no fires are allowed. If your vehicle is up for it, the best place would to be camp near the Borrego Mountain dropoff. There, you will have a lot more space and a lot less traffic. Anza Borrego Park offers tons of designated camping in the area and allows camp fires. Please visit Reserve America to find the camping area for you.