Laguna Canyon

ACA Canyon Rating – 3A III

 

NEVER ENTER ANY SLOT CANYON WHEN HEAVY RAIN IS IN THE FORECAST…!!!

 

Laguna Canyon 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 ascend your rappels…!!!  This place is a very DEEP DARK SECRET...!!!!!!

 

The photo below is from the upper beginnings of this rugged defile…

 

 

 

beta facts:

name- Canyon

depth of slot portion- 300 feet or possibly 400’

length of slot canyon portion- 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

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 #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 300 feet… as well as knowing the hike-out below is an extreme tangle. 

 

 

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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

…is Amazing…!!!

Click this link: http://gallinacanyonranch.com/

Forest Road 474, Abiquiu, NM 87510

(505) 490-3333

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

_____________one mile______________

 

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