Spruce Creek Slot Canyon

ACA Canyon Rating – 2C III

This canyon requires a full day or more backpack just to arrive at the canyon


Spruce Creek Box Cascade

The Spruce Creek “slot” is a canyon lovers delite...!!!


Spruce Creek Cascade...a sweet little 15 footer


Spruce Creek Slot Canyon Spruce Creekat sunrise...


We have not done the entire canyon… read more below…

Swimming is mandatory, so wear a lifejacket…!!!



beta facts:

name- Spruce Creek Cascades

height- 15 to 20 feet are the highest waterfalls here but the entire cascade drops about 150’ in a few 100 yards

elevation- 6950’

GPS coordinates- ±33°17.594’N 108°43.319’W

flow- perennial trout stream

best season- some years the wet times like Memorial Day or July and August rainy season are too dangerous.  Most years May thru October is fine

accommodations- Gila Wilderness

ownership- Gila National Forest

access-  7 miles on trail with some bushwhacking and game trails

nearest town- Glenwood is about 10 miles west of here

fun fact- Gila high country’s BEST…!!!!! …but hard to get to…!!!!!



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Spruce Creek Cascades cut thru the Spruce Creek Slot Canyon.  We found no waterfalls on Spruce Creek more than about 15 to 20 high.  However they are extra beautiful within the “Box” because the canyon walls are sculpted and sheer for hundreds of feet overhead.  This is a delightful place.


We did not have time to explore the “slot canyon” farther upstream, but it likely holds beautiful waterfalls of its own.  In fact every tributary is highly likely waterfall candidates because this whole area is waterfall prone


Hanging Rock Trail and Silver Drip Trail are the two most direct routes into the upper Big Dry Creek drainage.  Both have been abandon by the National Forest Service.  We will soon loose these “two most spectacular trails of the Gila Wilderness”.  They are both marked on the map below as “unmaintained trail”.  If we outdoor-people use these trails and care for them each time we hike them... they will be preserved... otherwise they will be lost.



Spruce Creek Slot Canyon is found in the middle of the map below… labeled as Spruce Creek Cascades

Enhanced USGS topo map

Big&Little Dry Cree

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