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Overview

RATING: Easy hike
LENGTH: 1 hour (1 mile)
MAPS: RINGBOLT RAPIDS, AZ

Sun

Patchy blowing dust before 9am. Sunny, with a high near 65. Breezy, with a south wind 24 to 29 mph decreasing to 18 to 23 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 44 mph.

65 | 48

Mon

Sunny, with a high near 63. Southwest wind around 7 mph.

63 | 45

Tue

Sunny, with a high near 68.

68 | 47

Wed

Mostly sunny, with a high near 68.

68 | 49

Thu

A slight chance of showers.  Mostly sunny, with a high near 65.

65 | 48

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SEASON: Fall, Winter, Spring (Hot in the summer)
GEAR: Standard Hiking Gear
WATER: None

Sun

Patchy blowing dust before 9am. Sunny, with a high near 65. Breezy, with a south wind 24 to 29 mph decreasing to 18 to 23 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 44 mph.

65 | 48

Mon

Sunny, with a high near 63. Southwest wind around 7 mph.

63 | 45

Tue

Sunny, with a high near 68.

68 | 47

Wed

Mostly sunny, with a high near 68.

68 | 49

Thu

A slight chance of showers.  Mostly sunny, with a high near 65.

65 | 48

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Ryan carefully climbing in the first left fork.

Ryan carefully climbing in the first left fork.

Just over the Colorado River from Las Vegas, in northern Arizona, is the short and delightful Spooky Canyon. Not to be confused with Peekaboo-Spooky-Brimstone in Utah, or Spooky and Not Spooky Canyons in the Mojave Desert, or any of the other Spooky Canyons around!

This Spooky Canyon is short, but a dramatic cobblestone canyon with deep, dark narrows and even an arch in its depths. Given it is a 2-minute walk off the highway, and takes less than an hour to visit, it is an easy canyon to visit if in the area. The short nature makes this not a destination I would make a special trip to visit. If you are in the area visiting Arizona Hot Springs, Hoover Dam, or any of the other things in the area, it is a very worthwhile stop. Kids and adults alike are likely to enjoy this outing.

The sculpted and spooky Spooky Canyon!

The sculpted and spooky Spooky Canyon!

Diane heading up Spooky Canyon

Diane heading up Spooky Canyon

Getting There

There are two options for the trailhead. The first, White Rock Canyon Trailhead, offers a good-sized paved parking area, and a restroom. If starting from this trailhead, it is about a half mile walk northbound along the highway to reach Spooky Canyon. The second is a small dirt pull-out right at Spooky Canyon. This offers a closer hike, but may be a little tricky getting on and off the highway. On a not-very-busy morning, we found the dirt parking area easy to get off and back on. Either way, the first step is to get to White Rock Canyon Trailhead.

White Rock Canyon Trailhead:
Coming from the north, go on I-11 in Nevada to where it becomes US-93 south at the Arizona state line. Once you cross into Arizona from Nevada, go 3.3 miles. Turn left at 3.3 miles where there is a signed turn to White Rock Canyon Trailhead. The road goes up a short distance to a large parking area. From this parking area, you will need to talk north along the highway for 0.4 miles to Spooky Canyon.

Dirt Parking Area:
From the White Rock Canyon Trailhead, travel north on the US-93 for 0.4 miles to a small dirt parking area right, just after a guardrail. This is right after passing Spooky Canyon.

Diane checking out the final upclimb at the top of the canyon.

Diane checking out the final upclimb at the top of the canyon.

The heavily sculpted second left side canyon.

The heavily sculpted second left side canyon.

Route

From the dirt parking area, follow the social trail down to the bottom of Spooky Canyon and head up the canyon. A first junction is soon reached. Left is an interesting short side canyon, and with some climbing, can be up climbed to where it opens up.

Continuing up the main (right) fork, the canyon deepens and narrows. The next junction is a very dramatic and sculpted side canyon coming in on the left. This, to our eyes, was the most captivating part of the canyon. You can go up the left fork a bit before ending at a tall dry fall. Right before the confluence of the left fork and main fork is an arch up above the canyon floor (on the left side of the main fork). This can be difficult to see without the right light, but is a fairly impressive arch.

Continuing up the main fork, it gets deeper and more narrow before a final dry fall (4 m). This final fall is climb-able, but be very cautious of loose holds and remember if you go up you need to be able to get back down. Above this dry fall, the canyon opens immediately and is less interesting.

Return the way you came.


Videos

Spooky Canyon Video ryancornia

Maps

Route / 0.96 miles / Elevation Range 1,548 - 1,664 ft.
Printable Maps:
White Rock Canyon Trailhead

11S 707526mE 3984203mN

N35° 58' 49" W114° 41' 53"

Small Spooky Parking

11S 706668mE 3984611mN

N35° 59' 03" W114° 42' 27"

Spooky Canyon

11S 706840mE 3984566mN

N35° 59' 01" W114° 42' 20"

End

11S 707159mE 3984926mN

N35° 59' 12" W114° 42' 07"

First Jct

11S 706893mE 3984676mN

N35° 59' 05" W114° 42' 18"

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