Black Magic Slot Canyon is tucked away north of Shoshone, and west of Richfield. Please leave no trace when visiting! Do not enter if there is running water for your own safety. Remember to stop in Shoshone to support local businesses like Manhattan Cafe, 2nd Time Around Antique Store, and many others!

Directions to Black Magic Slot Canyon in Southern Idaho

Drive north of Shoshone on HWY 93, past Johnny’s Country Store, and take road 520 to the east. Note that in the winter time the road is not maintained and it can be easy to get stuck out here. Follow road 520 to the end and pull up to the old dam. Here, there is a parking area above the dam. Walk down the sandy rocks and emerge slowly into the incredible Black Magic Slot Canyon. The further into the cave you get, the deeper it gets! Know that rock formations will block the path. This hike requires moderate climbing and sturdy shoes.

The smooth lava rock came from the Shoshone Lava Flow, but about 10,000 years ago the Big Wood River powerfully carved through the lava rock creating this canyon. It is similar texture to the Utah slot canyons, and is even more intense with the harsh black walls! This adventure is ONLY accessible in the fall and early winter. Flash Floods can occur all other times of year, and there is no warning when the canyon will fill up with water.

Be sure to check water conditions before visiting.

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