ACA Canyon Rating – 2A I
Potrero (english = finger) Falls is not a substantial waterfall but it is within a short but beautiful “slot canyon”
During early May of most years this waterfall is beautiful, white and frothy…!! ...and this second photo shows the 8’ high lowest tier.
name- Potrero Canyon
GPS coordinates- ±36°24.467’N 106°12.353’W
season- any time but early May is best
accommodations- nearby campgrounds and town
ownership- Carson National Forest
access- ¼ mile hike from dirt road access
nearest town- El Rito is about 4 miles south of here
fun fact- it lives right across-the-street from the famous “El Rito” technical rock climbing area.
This is a steep-walled crevasse of nice pink granite. During average summer flow you can climb right up the cascades. This is a fun place to cool off in the hot summertime and it appears on most forest and topo maps. The slot canyon is very short, only a couple hundred yards.
Enhanced USGS 7.5’ topo map
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