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Sandstone Canyon

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Location Salton City, CA
Rating Easy,
Length 13.9
Time 4hrs

Vehicle Types


Drive into narrow slot canyon as far as you can.

You’ll pass through Split Mountain with its towering walls and interesting exposed rock layers, then wander back and forth in super-wide Fish Creek Wash before entering narrow Sandstone Canyon. Giant rocks block this canyon at 1.7 miles, but some hard-core vehicles are getting through. The last 0.7 miles can be driven or hiked. Hike to Wind Caves is worth the extra time. Anza-Borrego Park is restricted to street-legal vehicles only.


Trail Ratings Defined

Conditions in the canyon sometimes worsen after heavy rains, but this route is usually suitable for stock 4x4 SUVs. Dangerous flash floods are possible. Avoid if rain is forecast.




One way



High Point


Best Time To Go


Avoid summer

Current Conditions

(760) 767-5311.Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.

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Trail Updates

Submitted by Barry Dean
Approximately 2 miles before the end of the trail as described in the book, large house-sized boulder has blocked Sandstone Canyon. Can not pass in all but the most heavily modified vehicle, and even then, it is confirmed as not-allowed by an ABDSP ranger as you would have to drive two tires onto the canyon wall itself. Only choice to see the end of the canyon now is to hike in. Rockfall happened early December 2015.


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