Middle Canyon

ACA Canyon Rating – 3A III

See youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIPSCUh6PaM

 Experienced Canyoneers Only

requires a full range of technical rock climbing equipment as well as multiple ropes…!!!


Above is a Daniel Creveling photo of Doug Scott with in the “narrows” of Middle Canyon Slot

Shown above is Daniel Creveling one-fourth of the way down the first 120’ rappel and the next photo is Dan standing 120’ below and “off rappel”


Daniel Creveling and Evan Rose carrying ropes thru Middle Canyon Slot


Dan and Evan at the “Chalkstone” of Middle Canyon Slot


The crux of Middle Canyon Slot is from 120 to 200 feet deep and a little over a half mile long... Dan looks pretty small in this photo...


Evan... in the midst of it...


Below is the final 70’ rappel

The photo above is of the rappel to exit Middle Canyon Slot.  An ascent-climb up this face allows one to enter Middle Canyon Slot from Gallina Canyon below.  We have not done this climb as we were descending Middle Canyon on a tight time frame... but we believe this climb to be perhaps a 5.8 pitch of 70’ in height.


My friend Jay Foley of Taos Climbing School enjoys hiking up beautiful Middle Canyon above the slot canyon section


beta facts:

name- Middle Canyon

depth of slot portion- 120 to 200 feet

elevation- 7000’at the top down to 6700’at the bottom

GPS coordinates- ±36°22.626’N 106°44.758’W at the top and ±36°22.810’N 106°44.345’W at the lower end

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… see the map below

nearest town- Gallina is about 12 miles south of here

fun fact- this amazing slot canyon is locked in on both above and below by very high and technical, sheer sandstone faces


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Middle Canyon Slot is one of the more difficult slot canyon to visit in New Mexico.  It takes all day.  Daniel Creveling, Evan Rose and Doug Scott did the first descent of the Middle Canyon Slot on May 18, 2015.  The crux of this wonderful slot canyon is a strong half-mile long.  However, the return hike is downstream in Gallina Canyon turning right to ascend up Gallegos Canyon...via the route shown on the map below.  This return hike is explained in full detail on the Gallegos Canyon Slot webpage: http://www.dougscottart.com/hobbies/SlotCanyons/GallegosCan.htm ...this entire round-trip is 10 to 11 miles in length and involves 1900’ vertical.


Click this link to access a detailed topo map that shows this entire area:  http://www.dougscottart.com/hobbies/SlotCanyons/Gallina.htm


Enhanced USGS topo map by Doug Scott

The Red Lines depict sections of “slot canyons”

________one mile_______

Click this link to access a detailed topo map that shows this entire area:  http://www.dougscottart.com/hobbies/SlotCanyons/GallinaCanyon.htm


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