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Located between the Northern Deserts of the Navajo Nation and the southern reaches of the Sonoran Desert lies a true oasis. The Mogollon Rim of Arizona lies at a much higher elevation than the surrounding topography and marks the southern edge of the great Colorado Plateau. Thus, the temperatures here are much milder during the summer and offer a haven for escape from the brutal heat than can often be found in Arizona. As well, this is a four season climate and the time frame for canyoneering here is relatively short as air temperatures and snow block the Mogollon Rim off for a majority of the year. However, when the conditions are prime and the weather is nice these sandstone slot canyons offer some world class routes that have come on the radar only in recent years. Routes are often difficult to follow, water is persistently cold, keeper potholes are a likely reality, and anchor options can be challenging. This is my favorite region on this entire website, and I hope that these canyons can remain respected and keep their wilderness feel which is a huge draw to them in my opinion. They are wild and rugged, remote and off the beaten path. This is certainly no desert; it resembles more of what you would expect in a tropical environment, a jewel of a forest bound by miles of desert.