Battleship Canyon

This is a wonderful narrow canyon, but really a true slot canyon

ACA Canyon Rating – 2B III

Recreational and exciting… this canyon is WAY under-rated


…words fail me…

Battleship Canyon is stunning… and unknown… and yet only a hundred yards from a paved highway, heavy traffic, beer and hordes of people


…a perennial flowing stream…

Ending with a 40’ high waterfall and see the family relaxing around it’s base…



beta facts:

name- Battleship Canyon

depth of slot portion- 100 to 200 feet

length of slot canyon portion- 2/3 mile

elevation- 7500’ at the top down to 6900’ at the bottom

GPS coordinates- ±35°49.837’N 106°38.192’W

flow- intermittent

season to visit- Anytime…!!!  Winter will have ice and snow but this canyon is hardly subject to flooding of any kind.  Summer thunderstorms do not affect the flow

accommodations- Battleship Rock Campground close by

ownership- Santa Fe National Forest

access- is from Highway 4… see the map below

nearest town- Jemez Springs is about 5 miles south of here

fun fact- it will win your heart


essay bro

Free parking is above by the restrooms at highway level.   The trail shown on the map below has been beaten out by playing children and it is easy enough to follow.

But…!!!  Be ready for poison ivy…!!!

When I apply either of these two products - just before the hike - to my ankles, hands, arms and neck… poison ivy does not affect me.

Vitality Works Oak & Ivy itch - relief of 8500 Bluewater Rd NW – Albuquerque


Ivy Itch ReLeaf - by Herbs Etc 1340 Rufina Creek - Santa Fe

Where as without these, I get poison ivy very bad, for weeks…


Right-click-save-as to make yourself a hard copy of our map.

Enhanced USGS topo map by Doug Scott



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