Elevation: 6,000 ft
GPS: 34.9231, -110.5292
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Shared By: JJ Schlick on Apr 24, 2012
Admins: Greg Opland, Brian Boyd, JJ Schlick, Kemper Brightman, Luke Bertelsen

Description

Chevelon Canyon is a rugged, ragged, rough and tumble canyon which flows north from Chevelon Canyon Lake before emptying into the Winslow area. This serpentine canyon was named for a famed trapper of the wild west but has been home to over twenty different native tribes over the last 5000 years.... There are over 4000 documented petroglyphs spread out across the length of the canyon, and Rock Art Ranch is famed for being one of the largest concentrations of ancient art in the southwest.

Chevelon Canyon holds several different types of stone, but it is the varnished sandstone in the lower canyon, and the bullet hard limestone in the upper portions which hold the climbing to date. Though there are old school trad pitches on the soaring sandstone walls, any info to these or any more modern endeavors remains elusive. As far as the limestone goes there is miles of it, it is often bullet hard, sharp as hell, and holds often just enough features to produce very high quality, technical routes.

The crag known as Antelope Flats has over 80 sport routes with grades from 5.10 to 5.13+ on just under and over vertical stone. Limited warmups, and the routes are spread out quite a bit. Doing multiple walls in a day takes a toll on the legs as the canyon bottom is sandy. There are a few old hand crafted cattle trails that drop off the rim which are used to access a few of the areas. A perfect place to practice your onsight game and sharpen your sense of exploration. Google Earth- Antelope Flats

Much of the access and rimland is privately owned or Tribal State Checker Lands. Be respectful. Stay on established roads. Do not harass the cattle in any fashion. If you go through a closed gate, close it behind you. Do not disturb ranch property whether modern or historical. Do not disturb native artifacts, and do not deface any pictographs.

Getting There

This canyon runs north from Chevelon Canyon Lake to just south of Winslow. Hwy 99 is your ticket to Chevelon exploration.

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