Photo Report: The Slot hike in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

the slot hike

Hiking “The Slot” in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park was probably one of my favorite nature walks of all time. I say that because it’s not a very strenuous hike, more like an adventurous walk through a nature park.

Walking through this siltstone canyon makes it feel like you’re walking in a scene of Star Wars and you might just see a clan of Jawa carrying R2-D2 away over their shoulders. Like this…

Use The Force, Luke
Star Wars scene

The Slot hike is only about 0.8 miles and barely has any elevation change (300 feet). Perfect for kids and those who are not in-shape, although some parts are very narrow and can be a challenge for those with a wide build. We did the hike as an out-and-back, but I suppose you can keep going when you get towards the end up a steep hill and climb back to the parking lot. I don’t recommend this as it’s loose rock and dirt and you will probably slip pretty easily.

Photos of The Slot in Anza-Borrego

Getting to “The Slot” hike

I can’t remember the details… so I’ll caption an excerpt from The Outbound where I get a lot of my hiking information:

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.


And there you have it. If you’re looking for an easy hike in Anza-Borrego State Park that has plenty of shade, you’ll definitely want to check out “The Slot Hike”.

Thanks for reading and safe travels!

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