Cañada del Borracho
ACA Canyon Rating – 2C II
The waterfall here is about 30’ high in two tiers and is shown in both photos, above and below
Below the waterfall is a nice slot canyon requiring either mandatory swims or extreme climb-arounds
...another slot canyon is upstream a quarter-mile –see the map below:
Below a 15’ high waterfall- this slot canyon is leaning....! ! ! which will you choose, a swim, deep-wade or a serious climb-around....? ? ?
....another shot of the upper slot canyon
Both the upper and lower portions of Cañada del Borracho are a little wider....box canyons... the upper box ends with this 5’ high waterfall
name- Cañada del Borracho =in English- Large Canyon of the Drunkard
length of slot canyon- one and one-third mile
elevation- 8140’at the top down to 7740’at the bottom
GPS coordinates- ±36°29.201’N 106°10.184’W at the top and ±36°29.110’N 106°08.997’W at the lower end
season to visit- May has the best water flow
ownership- Carson National Forest
access- is from Forest Road #44…to 106A - see the map below
nearest town- Vallecitos is about 2 miles east of here
fun fact- this place has amazing beauty and remote-ness for being so close to a town.... and it is extremely unknown and rarely visited....! ! !
Parking is very close and handy for visiting this amazing place and the water gets quite low to a trickle by mid-summer and thru the fall. Four separate slot and/or box canyons here have more open forested canyons between them....and very few visitors come here, so the under-brush is quite thick. Let’s visit here more often and get a trail going...!!!
The Red Lines depict sections of “slot and/or box canyons” Private land is shown in grey
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