The Hike: Calcite Mine to Slot Canyon
Vague Location: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Better Location: From Borrego Springs head east on HWY S-22. At mile 38, there will be a dirt parking area on the left.
Length: 4 Miles Total – Out & Back
Elevation Gain/Loss: 800′
The hike begins following a road overlooking an old calcite mine that was used during World War II. There is a sign posted with additional information about the history of the mine, especially near the canyon entrance.
The calcite mine and slot canyon hike is another great way to experience Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. We hiked this on a hot day (over 100 degrees) and needed plenty of water. Additionally, it is advised not to hike this trail if there are clouds in the sky or rain is predicted because flash floods may occur.
This hike was taken on September 7, 2010.