Slot Canyon Trail
ElevationAscent: 562' 171 m
Descent: -211' -64 m
High: 6,364' 1,940 m
Low: 5,870' 1,789 m
GradeAvg Grade: 14% (8°)
Max Grade: 37% (20°)
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“An adventurous trail through a slot canyon with rewarding views at the end.”— Kristen Arendt
This area is quite picturesque, and many visitors will stop and take pictures through this section. Please be courteous to other visitors and allow them to pass in areas that allow. Also, beware of rock falls during wet and windy conditions and the possibility of flash flooding during inclement weather.
Just over a half-mile into the trail, you’ll start to climb out of the canyon. The trail gets quite steep with dozens of steps as it switchbacks up the canyon wall.
During the warm, summer months, take your time and use caution to avoid heat-related injuries. During the winter, watch for icy conditions in this section. The trail tops out with a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains and the valley below. You’ll return to the trailhead along the same route.
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Land Manager: BLM New Mexico - Rio Puerco Field Office