Please forward this error screen to 69. This article includes a list of references, but its sources remain unclear because slot canyon new mexico has insufficient inline citations. Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations. A slot canyon is a narrow canyon, formed by the wear of water rushing through rock.
A slot canyon is significantly deeper than it is wide. Many slot canyons are formed in sandstone and limestone rock, although slot canyons in other rock types such as granite and basalt are possible. Even in sandstone and limestone, only a very small number of creeks will form slot canyons due to a combination of the particular characteristics of the rock and regional rainfall. Slot canyons are found in many parts of the world, predominantly in areas with low rainfall.
Some of the best-known slot canyons are to be found in the Southwestern United States. Other significant areas include the Sierra de Guara in northern Spain, the Pyrenees on the border of France and Spain, and the Blue Mountains in New South Wales, Australia. The largest known area of slot canyons in Australia is in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney. The majority of these canyons are in the Wollemi Wilderness, and are difficult to access.
A small number are regularly visited by canyoners on weekends in summer. Sandstone slot canyons can also be found in a few more remote parts of Australia, including Karijini National Park and the Bungle Bungles in Purnululu National Park, both in Western Australia, and Carnarvon Gorge in Queensland. Southern Utah has the densest population of slot canyons in the world with over one-thousand slot canyons in the desert lands south of Interstate 70. Utah’s slot canyons are found in Zion National Park at The Narrows, along Canyonlands National Park’s Joint Trail, within the San Rafael Swell and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, especially along the Escalante River drainage including Coyote Gulch.
Many more slot canyons are located on public Bureau of Land Management and state-owned lands in southern Utah, in areas surrounding the aforementioned parks and monuments. Buckskin Gulch—one of the longest slot canyons in the world—begins in southern Utah and continues into northern Arizona within the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness.