Potato Canyon Slot

ACA Canyon Rating – 3A II

 Experienced Canyoneers Only

requires technical rappelling equipment…!!!



Potato Falls in the North Fork Potato Canyon is a 30’ high waterfall with 2 tiers.  Corey Norman is rappelling the upper 10’ tier on the left and the lower 20’ tier on the right.


Above the narrow slot portion of canyon at the waterfall is a beautiful box canyon.


The bedrock here looks to be a brittle vertical cleaving slate... extra beautiful.  Notice the cascading water-flow... this is just downstream from the high waterfall.


Below Corey stands between the waterfall and the cascades... isn’t this bedrock unique here…???



beta facts:

name- North Fork Potato Canyon Slot

length of slot canyon- maybe a quarter mile

elevation- about 7600’

GPS coordinates- ±33°53.268’N 107°27.136’W

flow- intermittent

season to visit- most anytime except winter may have ice &  NEVER ENTER ANY SLOT CANYON WHEN HEAVY RAIN IS IN THE FORECAST…!!!

accommodations- none, this area is quite primitive

ownership- Cibola National Forest

access- is from Forest Road 56… see the map below

nearest town- Magdalena is about 20 miles northeast of here

fun fact- This area is desolate and AWESOME…! ! !




The one 30’ rappel is the only technical move here, but this is a fine canyon experience.  We were surprised to find perennial flowing water here during such an extremely dry time of drought- April 16, 2018.   The yellow line on the map below is the route we took hiking into this upper canyon.  This canyon above the falls can be explored without ropes and gear by hiking/scrambling down in and back out this same route.



Enhanced USGS topo map

Please right-click-save-as on our map below to have a hand held hard copy with you in the field

The Red Lines depict sections of “slot canyons”



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