The Slot Canyon area of Anza Borrego Desert State Park gives you a look into yet another dimension of the diverse park.
There are a couple different ways to get down into the slot canyon from the parking lot. I walked around the ridge to the right side of the lot and climbed down on the far side. It’s a bit easier than sliding straight down from the parking lot, although that is the quickest option.
However, you make your way down, you then wind your way through the slot, with its steep walls and slim passages. A rock that has wedged itself 50 feet up between the canyon walls is the most notable feature. Once you see this, you can turn back the way you came or (as I did), keep going until you see a branch off to the right. You can follow this for awhile until it peters out and then do some rock scrambling over unmarked terrain until you loop back to where you started. Even this more adventurous route is less than 2 miles total, but it gives you some new scenery and a chance to look down at the canyon you just passed through.
Directions: From Christmas Circle in downtown Borrego Springs, travel south on County Highway S3 for about 11 miles, then turn left on Highway 78. After about 1.5 miles, you’ll see a small sign on your left for a dirt road leading to Buttes Pass. Drive on this dirt road for about a mile and keep left at the fork (which is marked by a sign pointing to the Slot trail). After another half mile or so, you’ll see the parking area.