for a challenging slot canyon with stunning swirling narrows? If so, Red
Spur might be for you. This canyon is spicy enough to challenge
intermediate canyoneers and reward their effort with magnificence
Spur is located in one of the most remote and impressive
regions in the lower 48 states that was once ruled over by the notorious Wild Bunch.
Circle of Friends:
Spur 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"
is rated 3A III R using the Canyon Rating System. This slot canyon is very photogenic
and provides numerous opportunity for taking outstanding pictures. The route requires complete technical gear.
A GPS is useful and good map reading skills are essential. Navigation for this route is
Red Spur is a challenging slot canyon suitable for intermediate or advanced
canyoneers. A couple of obstacles along the route make this canyon a poor
choice for novice without good climbing skills and competent leadership. There are no bolted anchors in this canyon, let's preserve
this feature. Many canyoneers before you have descended this canyon without placing bolts,
so please play fair. You might need to locate and construct natural anchors, which should
be considered part of the charm. The problems in this slot canyon are easy to defeat using a
little teamwork and ingenuity.
The trailhead is located in
the infamous Robbers Roost area and is accessible to high
clearance vehicles. A vehicle shuttle is not
required to complete this route.
Why the name Red Spur? The canyon had no official name that I could find,
its a tributary of Spur Canyon, and it drains an area known as the High
Spur. In addition much of the sandstone has a really deep red color and
because the 90 degree June heat beat us like a red-headed step child on the
A short video of a trip through Red Spur.
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