Canada Ancha Slot Canyon

ACA Canyon Rating – 2B III



Ancha Canyon has a ¼ mile long SLOT section with more steep canyons upstream... some flowing springs... and a  fine natural arch: Ancha Arch 20’H x 10’W in the upper end on the south side



beta facts:

name- Canada Ancha Slot

depth of slot portion- 50 feet

length of slot canyon- ¼ mile sweet portion with more upstream...

elevation- 7000’at the top down to 6700’at the bottom

GPS coordinates- ±35°27.264’N 107°12.897’W

flow- flowing springs

season to visit- drier months of the year, like March thru June & September, October and November… NEVER ENTER ANY SLOT CANYON WHEN HEAVY RAIN IS IN THE FORCAST…!!!

accommodations- NONE

ownership- Cibola National Forest, BLM, private and BIA

access- is from State Hwy 279… see the map below

nearest town- NONE

fun fact- this is No-man’s-land...


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Canada Ancha has a superb quarter-mile long section of slot canyon with more steep canyons upstream.  However it is quite difficult to access.  Faint and rarely ever used 2-track 4WD roads, come within a mile but they are often blocked by locked gates.  Ancha is a spanish word that means “wide”...but the slot canyon must not have been considered in the naming process.  Canada Ancha does get very wide downstream from here.

Ancha Slot can be added to the 15-mile Tapia-Puente hike described in the fore going pages.  But if you do add Ancha to that 15 mile, Tapia- Puente Canyon hike, you best figure an extra 5 miles more.  


Ancha Natural Arch (10’W by 20’H) is pictured above... and you can find Canada Ancha Slot at the very bottom of the map below.  Please feel free to right-click-save-as the map to make a hard copy for your trip.



Enhanced USGS topo map

Red Lines depict “slot canyons”      Shaded green is Cibola National Forest        Shaded grey is private land       Shaded cream color below is BIA land       The rest is BLM

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