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South Coyote Canyon is a 17 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Borrego Springs, California that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for scenic driving.

Distance: 17.0 miles Elevation Gain: 2,194 feet Route Type: Out & Back

scenic driving

views

rocky

no shade

no dogs

OHV’s are not allowed in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, all vehicles must be highway legal.

rocky
6 months ago

Decent trail it’s about 8 1/2 miles one way. Took about two hours give or take half an hour made it no problem in a stock 95 Wrangler YJ. Open differentials and street tires....see you on the trail!! I would not consider this HARD It’s definitely a moderate trip...

ohv/off road driving
rocky
6 months ago

Open 12/15/2019. This was our third trail for our 100 Off Road Trails Challenge. Baileys Cabin is at the end of this trail. Super cool. Three types of terrain, rocks, sand and fun :). 4 wheel drive is a must. Here is a video of the trail: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9H8_u4wirWo

ohv/off road driving
Sun May 19 2019

Took the kids on a rainy day. Didn't go all the way in. Trail is what everyone says below. Stock clearance may pay the price... I'd do it again on an overnighter. How do I add pictures?

ohv/off road driving
Sun May 12 2019

Started at the top of the canyon and went down to the old dry river bed. I have a 3.5 inch lift on my jeep with 33s and there were a few rocks you could tell recently fell down onto the trail that made the path more difficult. I had a lot of fun on this trail but definitely do not recommend going at it if you have anything less than a foot of clearance for your undercarriage with no skid plates... unless you plan on getting out and chuckin rocks to the side of the trail.

ohv/off road driving
Mon May 06 2019

Trail was descent. Made it through with a 2003 Nissan Frontier with a 1.5 in lift. Not to washed out.

ohv/off road driving
Sat Aug 19 2017

It's closed from June 1st to September 30th. Not worth the drive to go there.

ohv/off road driving
Mon May 15 2017

High clearance four wheel drive is necessary. This is probably one of the most secluded places in ABDSP in part because it's not very accessible. Baily's cabin is great place to spend the weekend. Motorized vehicles are not allowed past Upper Willows. It is clearly marked with park signs. There is no through access to Borrego Springs and if your caught trying to drive through the fines are steep.

ohv/off road driving
Thu Mar 02 2017

Went at night time ~ month ago...really washed out with all of the rain this year. Fun trail but could be a little confusing at times. Got lost on the trail for about 2 hours but had fun trying to figure out how to get out. Bailey's cabin was sweet!

Wed Apr 06 2016

climb at near the end will scrape your skids pretty bad if you dont have at least 2" lift kit Water forting was not as much fun compared to other places it was very little water when we went.

hiking
Thu Jan 10 2013

The trail was a little disappointing in my opinion it starts off as a sandy dirt road that leads to the beginning of the trail. The watt crossings where pretty pleasing would of liked a little more water. Suggestion look when the wet season is and go then you'll have a better time. The trail then turns to rocky climb don't be fooled I say that lightly the rocks have all shift by now into perfect place it's kinda like driving on a cobble stone road. It's exciting for people new to off-road driving. Then a fun little down hill on a dirt trail little rolling whoops and hard uneven cuts. Then this is where I start to complain there's a few trail signs and nothing really says coyote canyon it breaks off into different trails and its easy to get confused. If you take them all the back to the end it goes from a sandy wash to a rocky creek bed its slow going. Overall for beginners it's quiet fun but for anyone with a bit of skill I'd look for a little harder of a trail.

ohv/off road driving
Fri Nov 11 2011

Trail starts out easy through sandy wash and a few spotty rock gardens. There are three water crossing and then the trail gets more challenging with a climb up a very rocky area that lasts a good while until you end up on top and then the trail drops back into a sandy wash with camping areas.

hiking
1 month ago

ohv/off road driving
5 months ago

Sat Apr 22 2017

Fri Dec 30 2016