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Hot Loop Canyon Canyoneering Canyoning Caving
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Difficulty:3A II (v3a1 II)
Raps:‌3-4, max ↨85ft
Red Tape:No permit required
Condition Reports:
4 Nov 2023

"Great run for a first timer. Anchors looked good. We took the trail closer to the road back. Petroglyphs before r1 are always neat. Overall a good rou

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A fun canyon off horse mesa with a quick approach and exit combined with a few rappels, easy downclimbs, and a beautiful clean section of slot. Following an ancient watercourse, this is a mellow canyon perfect for those looking for a short adventure close to town.


Approach from Jacks Canyon trailhead.

Social trails to the mesa provide a few different approach options. Once on top of the mesa, head north to the drainage. Drop in where the brush clears and navigate to R1.


R1: 80' off tree high RDC. Multi stage. 

or 35' to first ledge, downclimb RDC to 2nd ledge, and LDC to the bottom.

R2: 25' off pinch in boulder pile set back about 15'. Possible downclimb RDC shelf.

R3: 50’ from pinch point on Boulder set back in water course. Optional Downclimb in 30' chimney RDC.

Next drop downclimb 15' or bypass RDC.

R4: 30' off tree LDC down chute. 


After last rappel head High up left canyon to a series of well-defined social trails.


For a more straightforward exit stay in drainage until you hit the road, then walk the road to the trailhead.

Red tape

Beta sites

Trip reports and media


First descent by the Sinagua at some point after 600 AD


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