Lick Wash to No Mans Mesa

Cannonville, Utah

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Ranging in elevation from 6,600 feet to 7,222 feet, the gently rolling surface of No Mans Mesa encompasses 1,788 acres of pristine relict vegetation virtually untouched by human hands. No Mans Mesa, bounded by the White Cliffs of the Grand Staircase, halfway between US 89 and the Pink Cliffs of Bryce Canyon National Park, is the only large mesa in the Grand Staircase completely isolated from its surroundings. Bounded by 600- to 800-foot cliffs of Navajo Sandstone, the mesa rises up to 1,200 feet above the sagebrush-studded valleys that encircle it. The concentration of native grasses on the mesa is unmatched in other areas of southern Utah. Even to the amateur botanist, the contrast between the vegetation on No Mans Mesa and much of the rest of southern Utah, which has been utilized for grazing and other activities for more than one hundred years, is remarkable. Few mammals and only one species of lizard have been observed on the mesa, though a variety of birds visit the woodlands and sagebrush parks.
Hiking Grand Staircase-Escalante & the Glen Canyon Region

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Hiking Grand Staircase-Escalante & the Glen Canyon Region

by Ron Adkison (Falcon Guides)

Ranging in elevation from 6,600 feet to 7,222 feet, the gently rolling surface of No Mans Mesa encompasses 1,788 acres of pristine relict vegetation virtually untouched by human hands. No Mans Mesa, bounded by the White Cliffs of the Grand Staircase, halfway between US 89 and the Pink Cliffs of Bryce Canyon National Park, is the only large mesa in the Grand Staircase completely isolated from its surroundings. Bounded by 600- to 800-foot cliffs of Navajo Sandstone, the mesa rises up to 1,200 feet above the sagebrush-studded valleys that encircle it.

The concentration of native grasses on the mesa is unmatched in other areas of southern Utah. Even to the amateur botanist, the contrast between the vegetation on No Mans Mesa and much of the rest of southern Utah, which has been utilized for grazing and other activities for more than one hundred years, is remarkable. Few mammals and only one species of lizard have been observed on the mesa, though a variety of birds visit the woodlands and sagebrush parks.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Cannonville
Distance: 12
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 6 to 7 hours
Season: Apr through early June; Sept
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Maps: Deer Spring Point and Deer Range
Driving Directions: Directions to Lick Wash to No Mans Mesa

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Apr 2018