Montezuma Canyon

Last Candition: March 18, 2017

5.0

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 26, 2019

Definitely bring your potshot if it hasn't rained in a while. There could definitely be some spicy escapes if it was drier than what we ran it. The second to last rapel should be done off a water pocket. There were rocks to do a cairn/deadman, but the water pocket is just easier. The last rappel is the cherry on top though. As if the canyon wasn't already amazing, the 260'(ish) rappel to the valley floor is impressive to say the least. After building a "dead cairn" that is sure to withstand the test of time, we all rapped safely to the bottom without any issue. The exit to the rim is really a shot in the dark. There is a small gully that looks overhanging, but was climbable (exercise caution here the rock is super chossy). It should be noted that the gully is the same gully used to enter into Tripoli (Triple E) Canyon.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 26, 2019

9 of us went through. With a big group it took us about 9 hours, but we weren't in a hurry at all. We didn't use a sand trap. Water levels were full and most of the sand was very wet, so the water pocket worked really well. We built a bomber deadman anchor with a cairn on top for the last drop and the fiddled it so no rope groves were left. Everyone but me wore a wetsuit. The water was cold, but if you went out of your way to avoid all the water you can avoid you will get through without a wetsuit. Outside temperature was in the high 70's. The exit up the scrambling gully is still very much doable. Watch out for loose rocks.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 14, 2019

The water level was about one quarter of capacity. The lower half of the canyon is where all the good stuff is at. We took out the dead man anchor at the big rappel and used a sandtrap. We made the mistake of over building it and it took much effort to bring it down. This canyon is extremely beautiful! What an experience! The climb out was quite lively. Be very careful to not knock rocks down on the people below. Be ready to actually climb on the way out.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 21, 2018

Brim full of water, multiple swims and many wades. Anchors are all in good shape and the SandTrap Pot hole is dry

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 18, 2017

Most of the canyon was reasonably dry. We encountered a couple of thigh deep wades in the middle of the canyon. There was one swim just before the big rappel. We did not need wetsuits on this 80 degree day.

The existing anchors are in good shape.

The roads were kinda crappy out that way, so a high clearance vehicle is recommended.

We took 5.5 hours car-to-car with a team of 8 people. Outstanding canyon!