Huckaby Canyon or  Huckbay Canyon


Before old man Carl Cooper of El Vado Ranch died, he explained to me that Huckbay Canyon is really Huckaby Canyon.  The old homesteader’s family who lived there, had the last name of Huckaby.  The Huckaby family homesteaded the upper end of this canyon.  Carl Cooper knew them well... they were friends and next-door-neighbors, just 17 miles away.  Huckaby Canyon is the true and correct name, because the canyon was named after them.  The name Huckbay is a surveyor’s miss-print, that still appears on most government maps today.


However… has it correct on their maps…! ! ! …Huckaby! ! !


ACA Canyon Rating – 3A III

 Experienced Canyoneers Only



Huckaby Slot Canyon starts off with a two-tiered drop 70’ high, shown clearly below



beta facts:

name- Huckaby Canyon

depth of slot portion- 200 feet

length of slot canyon portion- ¼ mile

elevation- 7000’ at the top down to 6600’ at the bottom

GPS coordinates- ±36°25.135’N 106°41.424’W

flow- intermittent

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

accommodations- NONE –Chama Canyon Wilderness Area

ownership- Santa Fe National Forest

access- is from above on Forest Road #145… see the map below

nearest town- there’s not one

fun fact- I hope to descend into this beauty next time


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Downstream from Huckaby Tank where you can park your wheels along FR 145, there is an old cow trail continuing on down that canyon... and it is kinda brushy... but beautiful AND it leads to the slot canyon.  It would be fun to do the 300’ rappel… but GREAT just getting down to the top of it and return back out of there…


Click this link to access a detailed topo map that shows this entire area:


Enhanced USGS topo map by Doug Scott

The thin Red Lines depict sections of “slot canyons” and the thicker Red Lines show the boundries of Chama River Canyon Wilderness Area

__________one mile__________


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