Diablo Canyon

Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504

Diablo Canyon

Diablo Canyon Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The dramatic basalt cliffs of Diablo Canyon make this a popular hiking and climbing destination in the Santa Fe area. The hike does not follow a trail but a sandy arroyo, which takes you to the Rio Grande in beautiful White Rock Canyon. There is a free campground at the parking area; however, there are neither restrooms nor water.

This hike can be very hot in summer, and there is very little shade. If you choose to go at this time, leave very early in the morning, take lots of water and even a parasol. At any time of year, be aware of weather, as flash flooding does occur in this arroyo."

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Trail Information

Santa Fe
Nearby City
400 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
3 hours
Winter, early spring, late fall
Camping, ATV/OHV, Rock Climbing
Additional Use
Bureau of Land Management, Taos Field Office, 226 Cruz Alta Rd., Taos, NM 87571; (505) 758-8851
Local Contacts
USGS White Rock NM (Caja del Rio Canyon). Bureau of Land Management’s Los Alamos map. Caja del Rio Plateau Map (Caja del Rio Canyon), Otowi Crossing Press, available at the BLM Information Office, 301 Dinosaur Trail, Santa Fe: (505) 954-2000
Local Maps

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Dec 2018