Anza-Borrego’s Slot Canyon

02.17. Anza Borrego Desert State Park

It’s becoming a tradition to go south on Presidents Day Weekend. Death Valley, or Mojave, or San Diego. Anyway, I end up south.
Anza Borrego didn’t give up easily. First, we planned to visit the region in 2016. But the work thought the other way. So I spent three days in San Diego because of the business trip.
Two years later, I planned the same trip again.
The part of the Colorado Desert, Anza Borrego Desert State Park includes the one-fifth oath of San Diego County. It’s the largest park in California and second largest in the country.
The park is famous for its trail that leads to the palm oasis with waterfalls and vast badlands cut with canyons.
With a remote location (from the Bay Area) we had only a few days without the ability to visit all the best places in the park. But Slot Canyon that I saw so many time on the Internet was the first place to stop by.
First of all, let me tell what canyon could be named as the slot. It’s a canyon that is significantly deeper than wider. They are formed by the rushing water.
Ш should say, the Slot is one of the easily accessible trails in the park. Located closely to Highway 78 and accessible via the dirt road. The 2WD vehicle can drive to the trailhead.

02.17. Anza Borrego Desert State Park
02.17. Anza Borrego Desert State Park
02.17. Anza Borrego Desert State Park
02.17. Anza Borrego Desert State Park

The Slot is a short and easy 2 miles hike.
From the trailhead, the canyon has low walls and is wide. Lower down, the wash cuts through a more resistant sandstone layer and for a few hundred yards becomes a true slot canyon, sometimes dark.
If you’ve been in Arizona or Utah slots, you would not see the same bright colors of the rocks surrounding you. The formations are light colored: grey, cream, light brown. The walls though are high. Some are with pinnacles.

02.17. Anza Borrego Desert State Park
02.17. Anza Borrego Desert State Park
02.17. Anza Borrego Desert State Park
02.17. Anza Borrego Desert State Park
02.17. Anza Borrego Desert State Park
02.17. Anza Borrego Desert State Park
02.17. Anza Borrego Desert State Park
02.17. Anza Borrego Desert State Park
02.17. Anza Borrego Desert State Park
02.17. Anza Borrego Desert State Park
02.17. Anza Borrego Desert State Park
02.17. Anza Borrego Desert State Park
02.17. Anza Borrego Desert State Park
02.17. Anza Borrego Desert State Park
02.17. Anza Borrego Desert State Park
02.17. Anza Borrego Desert State Park
02.17. Anza Borrego Desert State Park
02.17. Anza Borrego Desert State Park
02.17. Anza Borrego Desert State Park
02.17. Anza Borrego Desert State Park
02.17. Anza Borrego Desert State Park
02.17. Anza Borrego Desert State Park

The trailhead has a great overlook over the badlands. The sunset changes the colors of the desert, and it’s marvelous!

02.17. Anza Borrego Desert State Park
02.17. Anza Borrego Desert State Park
02.17. Anza Borrego Desert State Park
02.17. Anza Borrego Desert State Park
02.17. Anza Borrego Desert State Park

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