Rough Canyon Slot
ACA Canyon Rating – 3B III
NEVER ENTER ANY SLOT CANYON WHEN HEAVY RAIN IS IN THE FORCAST…!!!
Rough Canyon Slot is short... but it is a beauty...!!! ...with a 25’ waterfall and a natural arch more than 200 feet overhead. The stream usually flows during March and April.
name- Rough Canyon
depth of slot portion- 200 feet
length of slot canyon- 1/3 of a mile
GPS coordinates- ±33°06.231’N 108°33.986’W
season to visit- Winter months - Oct thru April… NEVER ENTER ANY SLOT CANYON WHEN HEAVY RAIN IS IN THE FORCAST…!!!
ownership- Gila National Forest
access- is from 916 Road – there are road signs that read: 916 Road
nearest town- Gila and Cliff are about 10 miles south of here
fun fact- this place is WAY AWESOME...!!!
The 5 mile long route to Rough Slot Canyon is NOT a trail. It is the only legal way I know of to visit this amazing place. It is a dramatic-sculpted slot canyon.... a very worthy destination. Not only is this one of the most beautiful slot canyons I have ever seen, but it has a natural arch 200’ overhead and a 25’ high waterfall. The only way I know to scramble up above the falls is to climb around the entire slot canyon on the north side...up and over and back down to the creek bed above the slot. It involves ropes to traverse the entire slot, but hiking and scrambling will experience most of it.
Enhanced USGS topo map
The Red Lines depict sections of “slot canyons”
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