Matkatamiba Canyon

Matkatamiba Canyon is one of our favorite stops on a Grand Canyon trip (known by many just as Matkat Canyon). The canyon carves its way through thousands of feet of sheer cliffs. You’ll feel tiny walking along the creek bed, with the walls towering over the top of you. You can take the trail as far back as you want, at every bend the canyon just seems to get more and more interesting.

Eddying out can be a bit tricky in the busy summer months, as the eddy is quite small, and it’s likely that there will be other groups exploring this side canyon alongside you. Do your best to move as far into the eddy as you can, so other groups can make the pull-in.

There are two ways to get into Matkat. The harder way is just start heading up the creek, which involves some scrambling along the walls if you don’t want to get wet. The other way is a well-marked trail that starts just downstream of the creek. A lot of groups will climb up the narrow slot canyon and then take the trail back to avoid getting wet again.

Looking down Matkat Canyon, back towards the Colorado River
Photo credit: Chris Amelung

The slot canyon in Matkat Canyon seems to get ever narrower as you get deeper….until the exit.
Photo credit: Chris Amelung