Sandstone Canyon

4.9/5 (23 reviews)
Ocotillo, California (San Diego County)
Last Updated: 03/22/2021
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Trail Information

Highlights

Sandstone Canyon is a fun route for the more experienced off-roader. This overland trail offers some difficult four wheeling along with some of the most breathtaking views. But don't let your experience level stop you from trying this trail. Even though there are several rock slides, the first couple rock slides can be easily traversed in most capable 4x4 vehicles. Once in the canyon you will be struck with awe inspiring views of 300+ foot plus sand stone walls towering over just a few feet wide trail. Whether your are a Jeep person, Toyota lover, rock crawling junky, die hard overlander, or just looking for the most epic camping spot, Sandstone Canyon should be your next stop when traveling near Palm Springs in the low desert of Anza Borrego in Southern California.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

This trail can change overnight due to rain events. Always be prepared for the unexpected. The road is comprised of sand with mild obstacles. Recently a good portion of the road has been closed by the State and now only travels to Waypoint 7. The trail is an out and back.
This area is prone to flash floods. Never travel in this area if it has any chance of rain.

Trail Reviews

4.9/5 (23 reviews)
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 11/25/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Such a fun venture down sandstone! Narrow high walls. Scenic formations and a fun time driving this path! A MUST if you’re in the area!
Status: Open
Visited: 10/23/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

I took my 2019 Ford Ranger, plus some buddies with their 2020 Toyota 4Runner Sport (bone stock), 2020 Ford Ranger Tremor (bone stock), and 2019 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon (not stock) out an back. The narrow spots were fun for the newbies and the canyon walls are worth stopping to admire. Good shady spots to take a break. Nice trail, pretty easy.
Status: Open
Visited: 10/09/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

Still a great trail, even with the closure. No deep sand on 10/9/21, very little traffic, and a great spot to get into the shade.
Trail Review: Sandstone Canyon - Andy Darcy
Trail Review: Sandstone Canyon - Andy Darcy
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Joe
5100
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 03/20/2021

This trail is beautiful! Highly suggest running it without the top if not fully nude. The canyon walls begin to close in and makes you feel like Indiana Jones! Unfortunately couldn't get to the good stuff because of the closure but it was still worth it! Highest rating now would probably be a 3 just because of the deep sand you will encounter on the trail. Definitely worth the visit if you're in the area. Didn't get to get out and take too many pics cause it was busy. Lots of traffic in and out of the canyon along with campers too.
Trail Review: Sandstone Canyon - Joe
Trail Review: Sandstone Canyon - Joe
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Status: Partially Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 02/27/2021

Sadly it was closed where it becomes difficult but the drive was still amazing and is an awesome experience. It’s not a long drive so if you’re already in fish creek it’s definitely worth the time.

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