Hiking "The Slot"


Added by Jason Neitzke

Distance: about one mile (no need to rush). Duration: 1-3 hours, depending on your speed. Short hike, easy access and amazing views. No permit required.

The Slot is an amazing short hike located in the Anza Borrego Desert. Drive east on Hwy 78, and about a mile and a half after Borrego Springs Road, turn left onto Buttes Pass Road. Buttes Pass road is a dirt road and not marked well so look carefully. The road is pretty smooth, about a mile in you will take a left at the fork. From there, you will drive about another mile to a parking lot. Two wheel drive vehicles should be fine unless there was a recent rainstorm.

From the parking lot, you will take the trail into the canyon that is directly in front of you. This will be the hardest and steepest part of the hike. There are no trail markers for the Slot. Do not take the trail to the right of the parking lot or you will miss the Slot. Once you are at the bottom, go left and head to where the canyon starts to narrow. As you enter, the walls start to close in and you are taking your bag off to get through some tight passages. Every turn is exciting, it is constantly changing and you are not sure what is going to be around the next bend. The Slot is made of siltstone and is very brittle so watch your footing if you decide to climb around. At the end of the Slot you hit a dirt road, from there you can either turn around and go back through or follow the road and find some other trails. Further down the road there are some awesome wind caves and arches that are worth checking out.

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4 months ago

Slot Canyon

From 78 East, turn left on Buttes Pass. Keep an eye out. You may see other cars turning in, but it is a small brown sign. We got there about 4 pm. The rocky, dirt road to the Slot is about a mile from the 78 road. You do not need a 4x4 or SUV. You can drive with a compact car. It was a bit bumpy for us. There is a sign that says No Dogs allowed. You can go down the left of that sign. Once you reach the bottom, go left and it won't be long until you hit the slot canyon! Beautiful God's creation! It is a must see and picturesque. If it is too steep for you, you can go up the path to the right of the sign and go to the ledge (take pics) and then work your way down. We stopped at the end of the slot canyon and turned back around the same way to the parking lot. You can keep going passed the slot canyon. I read it leads to other trails. We did not want to do that.

over 3 years ago

Great short hike

Beautiful sandstone slot canyon. It gets tight in areas. Went of the main trail a bit and did some climbing up! So much fun

over 3 years ago

Slots O fun

This is a really fun hike. The slot is a little tight in spots but doable by most people. We like to hike out into cliffs beyond the slots for great views of the area.

almost 5 years ago

Worth The Stop

This was an entertaining hike. It makes you feel like a kid again. It's a unique experience and a worth while diversion.

Hands Down One Of The Best Adventure

It is simply amazing! Your weaving in and out of the canyon you find yourself going through tunnels . A must see

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