ACA Canyon Rating – 3A III
NEVER ENTER ANY SLOT CANYON WHEN HEAVY RAIN IS IN THE FORECAST…!!!
Laguna Canyon is yet to have a “first descent” and... it is a tuff one… be ready for multiple rappels of over 100 and possibly up to 400 feet high…!!!! as well as knowing the hike-out below is an extreme tangle, therefore you may choose to ascend your rappels…!!! This place is a very DEEP DARK SECRET...!!!!!!
The photo below is from the upper beginnings of this rugged defile…
name- Laguna Canyon
depth of slot portion- 300 feet or possibly 400’
length of slot canyon portion- quite short – maybe only one/third of a mile
elevation- 7500’ at the top down to 7000’ at the bottom
GPS coordinates- ±36°21.210’N 106°43.206’W
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 #8 and/or #11… see the map below
nearest town- Gallina is about 12 miles south of here
fun fact- Laguna Canyon is a tuff one… be ready for multiple rappels of 100 to 400 feet… as well as knowing the hike-out below is an extreme tangle.
Laguna Canyon is a tuff one… be ready for multiple rappels of 100 to 400 feet… as well as knowing the hike-out below is an extreme tangle, therefore you may choose ascend your rappels…!!!
UNLESS you wish to book a cabin or a campout at the BEAUTIFUL private ranch in the canyon below…
Gallina Canyon Ranch
Click this link: http://gallinacanyonranch.com/
Forest Road 474, Abiquiu, NM 87510
Gallina Canyon Ranch a great way to visit and enjoy these amazing “slot canyons” of the Chama Canyon Wilderness. Several amazing slot canyons are easy to visit with normal hiking from here. In fact, vacationing at Gallina Canyon Ranch will put you in the heart of slot canyon country...!!! ...AND- you will be in a great position to visit some of the best parts of some of the best slot canyons in New Mexico, without technical rock climbing and repelling equipment or even having much canyoneering experience. Gallina Canyon Ranch is truly amazing and is the only easy hiking access to this western portion of the Chama Canyon Wilderness.
Click this link to see a larger map of this entire area: http://www.dougscottart.com/hobbies/SlotCanyons/Gallina.htm
Enhanced USGS topo map by Doug Scott
The thin Red Lines depict sections of “slot canyons” or “box canyons” and the thicker Red Lines show the boundries of Chama River Canyon Wilderness Area
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