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Slot Canyon Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.8 (8)

An adventurous trail through a slot canyon with rewarding views at the end.


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Map Key

1.1

Miles

1.7

KM

Point to Point

6,364' 1,940 m

High

5,870' 1,789 m

Low

562' 171 m

Up

211' 64 m

Down

14%

Avg Grade (8°)

37%

Max Grade (20°)

Dogs No Dogs

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Use caution when hiking in the slot canyon. Beware of rock falls during wet and windy conditions and the possibility of flash flooding during inclement weather.

Description

The Slot Canyon Trail can be accessed from the Cave Loop Trail at an intersection about a half mile in. The Slot Canyon Trail continues to the right, and will continue to a narrow slot canyon.

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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Kristen Arendt

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  4.8 from 8 votes

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Photos

View from the climb to the overlook
May 8, 2018 near Santo D…, NM
Tent Rock Formations
Dec 6, 2017 near Santo D…, NM
At the end of the Slot Canyon Trail.
Aug 20, 2018 near Santo D…, NM
Slot Canyon Trail
Dec 10, 2017 near Santo D…, NM
The Slot
Dec 10, 2017 near Santo D…, NM
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, Slot Canyon
Mar 9, 2019 near Santo D…, NM

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Sep 7, 2019
Patrick McIlmoyle
Apr 2, 2019
Steve B
May 11, 2018
Matteo F
Aug 20, 2017
Jennifer Holik
Brutal climb near the end, but so worth it!
Jul 19, 2017
Kyle Wheatley
Hit all the trails and had a blast! 3.1mi
May 23, 2017
Bruce Hope
Feb 26, 2017
Deborah Skinner
4.7mi
Sep 23, 2013
Amina Lea