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:
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
"Circle of Friends"
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.
This trailhead is
normally accessible to all vehicles in good weather.
Backcountry Permit is required to hike Slickhorn Canyon.