ACA Canyon Rating – 1A II
NEVER ENTER ANY SLOT CANYON WHEN HEAVY RAIN IS IN THE FORECAST…!!!
Rim Canyon has a very fine and easy to get to slot canyon section that is almost a half mile long… and can be hiked and scrambled without a rope
Notice that there are perennial flowing springs in this canyon
name- Rim Canyon
depth of slot portion- 100 feet
length of slot canyon portion- almost a half mile
elevation- 7000’ at the upstream end down to 6700’ at the downstream end
GPS coordinates- ±36°20.564’N 106°32.142’W at “Cattail Spring”
flow- intermittent with flowing springs
season to visit- anytime… NEVER ENTER ANY SLOT CANYON WHEN HEAVY RAIN IS IN THE FORCAST…!!!
ownership- Santa Fe National Forest
access- an easy one mile hike upstream from Forest Road #151… see the map below
nearest town- Abiquiu is about 16 miles southeast of here
fun fact- great for the whole family
The slot portion of Rim Canyon comes and goes some as you hike up it… you think it is almost over, then it gets good again. Don’t quit hiking until you reach a “room” with 100 foot high walls, that do not allow you to continue any farther…!!!
To find it turn west off of US Hwy 85 onto Forest Road 151. The dry streambed to your right, beside the road is Rim Canyon. Park on your left in a quarter mile and hike up that creek for a short mile… and… enjoy.
Enhanced USGS topo map by Doug Scott
The thin Red Lines depict sections of “slot canyons”
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