Calcite Mine to Slot Canyon – Take a Hike

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 slot canyon found here is another fun and impressive hike that is not to be missed!

Calcite Mine
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.

Calcite Mine
The road is approximately .7 miles to the bottom of the mine and to the entrance of the canyon.  The initial views of the land are spectacular and the Salton Sea can be seen the distance.

Calcite is found along the trail into the mine.

Leaving the Slot
At the bottom of the mine, the walls of the canyon stand at an impressive height. The canyon begins wide and narrows into a slot canyon.

Hiking inside The Slot
The canyon was fun to explore, climb and squeeze through.

Desert Sunset
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.

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4 Responses to Calcite Mine to Slot Canyon – Take a Hike

  1. katleeimages says:

    This is one of our families favorite hikes. Lovely pictures.

  2. William says:

    Love to get to a slot canyon hike. Saw some nice ones in Arizona, but looking for one closer. This + Anza Borrego sounds like a win!

    • enjoybliss says:

      I have fallen in love with Anza Borrego! The slot canyon was a lot of fun and we happened to be the only people there during our hike – which was great. (It could have been the really hot temperature.)

      I need to explore and hike in Arizona!

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