Bobcats Canyon

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Bobcats Canyon Canyoneering Canyoning Caving
Also known as: Bobcat.
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Difficulty:3A II (v3a1 II)
Raps:‌3-4, max ↨200ft
Overall:2-5h ⟷2.5mi
Approach: ↑600ft
Red Tape:No permit required
Rock type:Sandstone
Condition Reports:
7 Jun 2023

"2.5 hours car to car. All anchors in good shape. Fiddle stick or retrievable anchor was ideal for r1 and r3. Take caution at r2 as there is a large de

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Best season:
October to April


A great winter canyon tucked into the Red Rocks of Sedona. This canyon is not a slot but a beautiful slickrock canyon with multiple raps in a really amazing setting. When most canyons in the area are done for winter this can be a great quick and fun option for everyone.


Hike the Bear Mountain trail to above the first bench. Before climbing through the second major bench into the Coconino layer, the trail will cross the drainage to Bobcats. Follow this drainage downhill to the South and your first rappel.


R1: 85' from Chokestone set 35' back from edge, goes into a 55' free hang.

R2: 20' from a juniper tree.

Head down the slickrock drainage to the third drop.

Drop 3 can be downclimbed either in the water course or on the right side.

Down-hike through the next slickrock section until you get to the final big drop.

R3: 200' from boulder and tree RDC.

Final 15' is overhung.

Fiddle stick reccomended for loose rock up top, to avoid rope grooves, and rope damage.


Follow the drainage for 10 minutes until you see an open field on canyon left. Exit into the meadow and you will see Doe Mountain and the parking far in the distance. Cross the meadow weaving around giant trenches back to your car.

Red tape

Red Rocks pass required for parking at trailhead. $5 per day at pay station at trailhead. Annual National Park Pass will also work.

Beta sites

Trip reports and media


First known descent by Garrett Bennett, Dave Malpas, and Josh Klingbeil in the Summer of 15' No trace of previous anchors or descents at that time.


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