Cañon Vertedero & Cañon Vertedero Norte

English = Garbage Dump Canyon

ACA Canyon Rating – 3A I

 Experienced Canyoneers Only

Rope work required…!!!



Garbage Dump Slot Canyon boasts with pride...!!! –a refrigerator, mattresses, a Silverado Pickup and more.....!!!


New Mexico is ashamed of the garbage dumped into this beautiful canyon

below is one of Kelton’s “ghost” anchors for a rappel... it worked safe & fine.  the next person descending Vertedero Slot will think they are “first”....!!!  “Ghosting” is leaving NO Trace... the knot below will release the rope to the climber below after the rappel and the stick will wash away during the next high water.

the photo above shows some of the narrow “slot” portion of this canyon


and below is the beautiful (20’ drop) entrance to Cañon Vertedero Slot

All photos- Kelton Manzanares


beta facts:

name- Cañon Vertedero Slot – English = Garbage Dump Canyon

length of slot canyon- 2-tenths of a mile

elevation- 8100’

GPS coordinates- ±36°14.028’N 106°46.158’W

flow- intermittent

season to visit- drier months of the year, like May, June, September, October and November… NEVER ENTER ANY SLOT CANYON WHEN HEAVY RAIN IS IN THE FORCAST…!!!

accommodations- NONE – the nearby towns do not offer much...

ownership- Santa Fe National Forest

access- is from above a few feet on Forest Road #77… see the map below

nearest town- Gallina is about 2 and a half miles west of here

fun fact- Nature can abound and be beautiful within man’s garbage


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On Friday Oct 30, 2015 – Kelton Manzanares did what I believe is the first descent of Cañon Vertedero Slot.  He mentioned three 20’ high drops that he rappelled.  He used “ghosting” canyoneering methods for anchors which enabled him to LEAVE-NO-TRACE of ever having been there –see the photo above.  It was softy raining that day so he did leave his footprints behind.  The rain was quite soft and considering the extremely small upstream acreage... he was in no danger of any possible flash-flooding.

The un-named north fork of Cañon Vertedero hides another slot canyon of its own... and it is yet to be explored...!!!

It is labeled Cañon Vertedero Norte Slot on the map below.


...a couple fuzzy Photos of Cañon Vertedero Norte Slot are found below the map...


Enhanced USGS topo map

The Red Lines depict sections of “slot canyons”


Cañon Vertedero Norte

Cañon Vertedero Norte Slot above & below.  It can be scrambled both directions with a little help from your friend

You may have to boost one another up over this drop in mid-canyon...


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