Sandstone Canyon

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4.9/5 (35 reviews)
Ocotillo, California (San Diego County)
Last Updated: 03/22/2023
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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.

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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.

Trail Reviews

4.9/5 (35)
Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 02/24/2024
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Awesome trail! Plenty of places to let other off roads pass. We had a F250 Tremor with us and he had no problem running the entire route. The “squeeze” was tight but totally doable for the Tremor.
Trail Review: Sandstone Canyon - Mike Wells
Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 01/16/2024
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

It was our first time ther and we loved it. Very easy trail and very scenic
Trail Review: Sandstone Canyon - Francois Gravel
Trail Review: Sandstone Canyon - Francois Gravel
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Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 06/06/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Had the trail all to ourselves. The squeeze was pretty easy overall for our rigs. Absolutely amazing camp spot. Will definitely come back.
Trail Review: Sandstone Canyon - Command-50
Trail Review: Sandstone Canyon - Command-50
Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 04/23/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

It a nice and mysterious place. Great for a hot dat as there is lots of shade even for your rig. Basically it is fire-road type of difficulty with one easy squeeze point.
Trail Review: Sandstone Canyon - Bohdan Mazhar
Trail Review: Sandstone Canyon - Bohdan Mazhar
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Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 03/22/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

A must see. Sadly trail is still Closed at waypoint 7. We only saw one other vehicle on this trail.
Trail Review: Sandstone Canyon - Ben
Trail Review: Sandstone Canyon - Ben

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