The Slot

EASY 183 reviews

The Slot is a 2.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Borrego Springs, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
2.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
301 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

off road driving

scenic driving

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Slot Canyon is an unmaintained trail off a sand road, far from most visitor traffic. Here, flash floods formed a breathtaking slot canyon. At points, forty-foot high walls arch above a foot-wide canyon floor.

23 hours ago

the slot trail was easy and down a dirt road so passing in a car is impossible, there is another dirt road path that starts on the other side of the slots. We encountered a few other groups in the slots but only 2 once out of them. the slots themselves are fun for the family and windcaves can be found about half a mile past that.

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17 days ago

Wife and kids loved this place. Easy access

22 days ago

Awesome and easy. Kids loved it. Lots of shade for a hot day. I wish the trail that looped back over the butte was more clearly sign posted. We ended up just turning around and going back through the slot.

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27 days ago

After finishing the Palm Canyon hike we drove over to the slot. The entrance from the highway is small and the road to the parking lot is sand packed one-way track with turn outs. We (3 adults and 3 kids (9-11 years old) did this easy hike and it was fantastic. Warning: there are some areas where it is more suited for slender body types and wearing a backpack (even a small one) can be a little tight. It's a nice short hike and pretty relaxed. We did this at the end of the day and by the time we came up we caught the sunset

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28 days ago

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1 month ago

Walked the Slot in February and found it to by a nice hike with interesting scenery in the canyon with narrow as well as wide walled areas. We did not know it looped and did not have our AllTrails app so our hike was short, but it was nice. I wore a pack on this one, and some spots can be tight to squeeze through with a pack.

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1 month ago

Great little trail. Getting in at the trail head might be tough for those that require a cane to walk, it gets pretty skinny at times but awesome fun. The trail can go much farther than is listed if you want to.

Pay attention to trail markers so you don’t miss your exits.

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2 months ago

We did it! Despite my son being convinced we were going to die in the desert (eye roll). He's 11 and dramatic. My 8-year-old girl loved it. The walked through the slot until it opened up and then turned back to go through it again.

I highly recommend stopping by the Anza Borrego State Park Visitor's center to get more information on the area and peace of mind when checking on the road and wash conditions, especially if you aren't driving a 4WD.

This is a short hike, a few steps down over rocks. I did see Seniors (one 80+) doing the trail. People of all ages, shapes, and sizes were hiking this trail seemingly without a problem. The only hindrance would be if you needed a cane or something to assist with walking. Otherwise, you're good to go. Bring water, as always. But this was SO awesome because a lot of it was in the shade and there was a nice breeze.

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2 months ago

Certainly a must see..short but spectacular hike! This is a good one for kids/family in my opinion. Trail head can be difficult to find.

3 months ago

Stunning! So much better than I thought it would be! Glad there weren't many people when I hiked it because some spaces get tight. Not sure why the description here says it's un maintained. It looked very well maintained when we hiked it.

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3 months ago

Awesome kid friendly hike. Unique and easy for all skill levels. Kids will love it.

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3 months ago

Beautiful slot canyon and rock formations. The trailhead (and the trail itself, for that matter) could be much better marked. Also, come early and not on a weekend if you want to avoid the droves of 4x4 drivers, smokers, tourists playing loud music, and other nuisances.

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3 months ago

We tried this as recommended by “Afoot & Afield San Diego County” by Jerry Schad. The Slot is awesome, but the trail taken counter-clockwise is poorly marked with multiple cairns for several trails and overlooks. Although not mentioned in the parking lot, a sign at the end of the slot mentions that no dogs are allowed.

3 months ago

fun hiking trail

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3 months ago

Awesome hike. Wish it had a touch more color. But navigating a two foot wide slot is awesome. Super easy to find, only challenge is is finding the road off of 78. This trail app is awesome. It found the road off of 78,Google maps took us to a different road. Have fun!!

3 months ago

Great hike

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4 months ago

Awesome trail and an unexpected surprise. Lots of people the day I was there. Great, easy hike. I highly recommend it for visitors to Anza-Borrego!

4 months ago

Totally worth the drive!

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4 months ago

Took a break from dirt bike riding in Ocotillo Wells this afternoon and went on an awesome hike through the slot canyon. Definitely recommend this hike!

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6 months ago

Exceeds expectations! The trailhead is easier to find these days since the signage has improved. Recommend considering doing the loop clockwise to avoid having to clambor up the steep hill at the end.

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9 months ago

Hot but definitely worth it! Had to maneuver around people a bit but the slot was very cool to look at and walk through... do it! Can be hard to find because the sign is not prominent on the road.

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9 months ago

It's not a hard hike, but man, it was worth finding. It was peaceful and there are plenty of crevices to explore. It's family friendly also. It's not hard to find. The sign says "The Slot" go straight down into the canyon and turn left.

hiking
Friday, April 21, 2017

Good place to stroll easy hikes good for family hikes.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Great place with a beautiful view, stick to the route or you'll get lost.

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Monday, April 03, 2017

Beautiful hike, very windy, don't lose your hat lol! Amazing geography. Will go again. Cars can easily access this by dirt road without any issues.

Monday, April 03, 2017

we had so much fun! there were several pee spots though

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

This trail is beyond over-crowded. plan on waiting in line to get through the tight confined spaces because everyone goes through then immediately turns around and comes back through the other direction to congest the canyon even further. people park and drive like idiots on the entire dirt road to the trail head. beautiful trail throughthe landscape but hard to enjoy with the constant need to get out of the way or be in the way of the other 50+ people continuously flowing through the Slot. We ended up going off trail the last 3/4 mile just to avoid the crowd.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Cool mountain to hangout on not many flowers cool canyon

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

I prefer a climb and more of challenge, but in the desert on a hot day a beautiful flat canyon trail with significant shady sections is pretty much perfect.

hiking
Monday, March 20, 2017

Better than expected, will be back to explore more...

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