ACA Canyon Rating – 2A III
NEVER ENTER ANY SLOT CANYON WHEN HEAVY RAIN IS IN THE FORCAST…!!!
Puente Canyon has a ¾ mile long SLOT section with a sheep bridge 70’ overhead
name- Puente Canyon
depth of slot portion- 80 feet
length of slot canyon- ¾ mile
GPS coordinates- ±35°27.665’N 107°12.009’W
season to visit- drier months of the year, like March thru June & September, October and November… NEVER ENTER ANY SLOT CANYON WHEN HEAVY RAIN IS IN THE FORCAST…!!!
ownership- Cibola National Forest, BLM, private and BIA
access- is from State Hwy 279… see the map below
nearest town- NONE
fun fact- YES…!!!
Puente Canoa has a fine 3/4-mile long slot canyon. Check out the footbride remains 60’ overhead in the photo above. Puente Slot is a tributary to Tapia Canyon. A nice 15 mile loop hike runs up Tapia, thru the Puente Slot Canyon and back down thru the Canoa Slot Canyon... returning down the Tapia Box to your wheels.
You will find Puente Canyon way down near the bottom of the map below. This canyon is susceptible to flash-flooding during the July and August thunderstorm season.
Enhanced USGS topo map
Red Lines depict “slot canyons” Shaded green is Cibola National Forest Shaded grey is private land Shaded cream color below is BIA land The rest is BLM
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