Rough Canyon Slot

ACA Canyon Rating – 3B III



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.




beta facts:

name- Rough Canyon

depth of slot portion- 200 feet

length of slot canyon- 1/3 of a mile

elevation- 5100’

GPS coordinates- ±33°06.231’N 108°33.986’W

flow- intermittent

season to visit- Winter months - Oct thru April… NEVER ENTER ANY SLOT CANYON WHEN HEAVY RAIN IS IN THE FORCAST…!!!

accommodations- NONE

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...!!!


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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.



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The Red Lines depict sections of “slot canyons”


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