Perfect Kiva in Slickhorn Canyon

Slickhorn Canyon
Anasazi Ruins

Cedar Mesa

           Slickhorn Canyon is one of the gems of Cedar Mesa. Unlike most of the majestic Anasazi (sometimes called Ancient Pueblo or Ancestral Pueblo) ruins in Grand Gulch, Slickhorn Canyon was not raped and pillaged by Richard Wetherill and other pot hunters in the late 1800's. The route described visits one of the most outstanding Anasazi ruins in Cedar Mesa; known as "Slickhorn Perfect Kiva". Please take only pictures and leave only footprints.

Circle of Friends:
          Slickhorn Canyon is part of the "Circle of Friends" program. Members of the "Circle of Friends" have access to more specific information, explicit route information, GPS waypoints, trailhead location and detailed maps. If you would like more information on joining the "Circle of Friends" visit the sign up page.

"Circle of Friends"

Your tour guide in Slickhorn Canyon Granary in Slickhorn Canyon

General Information:
          The Slickhorn Canyon Loop Hike is rated 2A III using the Canyon Rating System. The route is accessible year round in good weather. Spring and fall are the ideal times for this hike.

          A good route description, detailed map and a GPS are very helpful in navigating and locating ruins. All the ruins and rock art I know of in Slickhorn Canyon are correctly located on the detailed map supplied to members of the Circle of Friends, these ruins range from a few scattered remnants to outstandingly well preserved clandestine archeological finds that will astonish you.

Slickhorn Canyon

Trailhead Information:
          This trailhead is normally accessible to all vehicles in good weather.

Shauna, Stormy and Sierra hiking out Slickhorn #2 Slickhorn Rock Art

BLM Backcountry Permit:
          A BLM Backcountry Permit is required to hike Slickhorn Canyon.

Perfect Kiva Slickhorn Canyon


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