Cochiti Canyon

ACA Canyon Rating – 2B II



Cochiti Box Canyon boasts a short but beautiful “slot canyon” section with a beautiful 20’ high waterfall


The catastrophic floods that followed the 2011 Los Conchas Fire, deposited uprooted Ponderosa logs well over 100’ long throughout Cochiti Slot Canyon



beta facts:

name- Cochiti Canyon

length of slot canyon- ¼ mile

elevation- 6100’

GPS coordinates- ±35°42.422’N 106°23.909’W

flow- perennial

season to visit- most any time of year… NEVER ENTER ANY SLOT CANYON WHEN HEAVY RAIN IS IN THE FORCAST…!!!

accommodations- NONE

ownership- Santa Fe National Forest

access- is from above to the north on Forest Road #289… see the map below

nearest town- Cochiti Lake is about 6 miles southeast of here

fun fact- this is a beautiful place close to Albuquerque


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As you can see by the photos above... Cochiti Box Canyon is amazing.  The closest access point for hiking into Cochiti Box is an eight of a mile down-the-road from the Dome Wilderness Trailhead on Forest Road 289 in the Santa Fe National Forest.  F R 289 is closed during the winter.  The topo map below shows a ¾ mile long trail-less route marked with a pink line and the one-mile-and-a-quarter mile long “Old Cochiti Trail” marked with a light green line.  This Old Cochiti Trail is not labeled on the map below as well as having no signs marking it in the field.  Therefore... it is difficult to find.  This is an extremely scenic hike to an outstanding and unusual destination.....! ! !

This slot canyon is called Cochiti Box on the map below and it is found just to the right of the center of the map.


Enhanced USGS topo map

The Red Lines depict sections of “slot canyons”


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