Canyoneering Cougar Canyon in Anza Borrego State Park

Deep in the heart of the Anza Borrego State Park, about 2 hours Northeast of San Diego, there is a gem of a canyon filled with palm trees, tons of shade, pools of water, and waterfall after waterfall. This oasis in the middle of the desert is know as Cougar Canyon.

Before you start packing your gear for a quick road trip, there are a few hurdles you must overcome to get to such an incredible place.

Exploring The Anza Borrego Mud Caves

I have been going out to these caves at least once a year for the past 10 or so years and I never fail to have an awesome time. It is always a great opportunity to play, explore, and even find a way to test our ability to overcome a little fear (only if the thought of getting stuck, wedged into a small pitch-black crevice a hundred feet below the surface and hours away from any professional rescue team could induce a little fear).

The mud caves are a series of caves created from the erosion and refilling of deep tunnels so thin, that you have to squeeze through most, and some on your hands and knees, and some even require belly crawling. I could go in for a while trying to give you a visual of what these structures are like, but I still don’t think you would get the true picture, so instead I will just share some images and videos from the adventure.

I would like to take this moment to apologize for taking the group on the sketchiest cave first. It really is best to work your way up to these things.

First, make sure you have your keys. Second, let someone (like Dan) lead the way on the more questionable caves.