un-named slot canyon across the street from Echo Amphitheater
ACA Canyon Rating – 3A II
access to this canyon is difficult and ropes with anchors are needed and anchors in alabaster are RISKY…!!!
NEVER ENTER ANY SLOT CANYON WHEN HEAVY RAIN IS IN THE FORECAST…!!!
This un-named slot canyon is all alabaster except for the lower entrance shown below is sandstone
You will be met immediately by the 40’ high dry falls shown below
The one mile hike up the canyon from Hwy 85 is a rugged boulder-strewn hike with some nice balanced rocks along the way
Study this photo below so you will recognize which canyon to hike up… notice the powerlines crossing over the canyon
name- un-named slot canyon across-the-street from Echo Amphitheater
length of slot canyon portion- one-third mile
elevation- 7150’ at the top down to 6900’ at the bottom
GPS coordinates- ±36°21.387’N 106°30.176’W
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- Echo Amphitheater Campground is across the street
ownership- Carson National Forest
access- is a tuff one-mile hike up from Hwy 85… see the map below
nearest town- Abiquiu is about 17 miles southwest of here
fun fact- you have to work for this one, and it is short, but nice
When you get stopped by the 40’ high dry falls, backtrack just around the corner and climb a very steep ravine heading south and along a ridge until you can safely hike down into this alabaster slot canyon. You will need ropes and anchors to descend some 15’ high dry falls, if you wish to continue down to the 40’ dry falls.
Enhanced USGS topo map by Doug Scott
The thin Red Lines depict sections of “slot canyons”
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