Arroyo Tapiado

4.7/5 (21 reviews)
Arroyo Tapiado is a nice drive up a beautiful mudstone canyon within the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Outside of the fantastic views, Arroyo Tapiado has the highest density and the longest mud caves in the world, making it a unique place on Earth. It is no wonder why many people flock to see th...Read More
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Highlights of Arroyo Tapiado

Camping Category IconCamping
Desert Category IconDesert
Iconic Category IconIconic
Overland Category IconOverland
Sand Category IconSand
Scenic Category IconScenic
Wash Category IconWash
Highest Elevation
1188 ft
Shape of Trail
Connector
Typically Open
Year Round
Best Direction
N/A
Nearest Town
Julian
Nearest Services
Julian
Management Agency
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
District
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Overview

Arroyo Tapiado is a nice drive up a beautiful mudstone canyon within the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Outside of the fantastic views, Arroyo Tapiado has the highest density and the longest mud caves in the world, making it a unique place on Earth. It is no wonder why many people flock to see this natural wonder year around. One of the mud caves is over 1,000 feet long, which makes these mud caves seem to last forever once inside. With over 22 known mud caves, this area could provide a weekend of exploring. Just be warned, the mud caves are unstable and susceptible to collapse at any time. The dirt is very soft and will quickly collapse if touched. The park recommends not entering the mud caves.

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35 Trail Photos
1 Trail Concerns
21 Community Reviews
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