Potrero Gorge

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.


beta facts:

name- Potrero Canyon

elevation- 7650’

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.


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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

Potrero Falls

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