Davis Canyon

Hanksville, Utah

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Davis Canyon is actually a complex labyrinth of canyons that have been etched out of the Cedar Mesa Sandstone on the southeast side of the Needles District. The network consists of two main canyons and at least a dozen minor ones. There are no developed trails in Davis Canyon and the area receives only a tiny fraction of the visitors that drive into the Needles District, so if you are looking for a more unstructured adventure with lots of solitude this may be just the place for you. The hike described below is one that I found particularly interesting, but it explores just one section of the Davis Canyon complex. If you enjoy it I encourage you to walk up some of the other side canyons and see what you can discover on your own. Trail: There is no trail for this hike. The route follows a series of sandy washes through the bottom of a dry canyon.
Canyonlands National Park: Favorite Jeep Roads & Hiking Trails

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Canyonlands National Park: Favorite Jeep Roads & Hiking Trails

by David Day (Rincon Publishing)

Davis Canyon is actually a complex labyrinth of canyons that have been etched out of the Cedar Mesa Sandstone on the southeast side of the Needles District. The network consists of two main canyons and at least a dozen minor ones. There are no developed trails in Davis Canyon and the area receives only a tiny fraction of the visitors that drive into the Needles District, so if you are looking for a more unstructured adventure with lots of solitude this may be just the place for you.

The hike described below is one that I found particularly interesting, but it explores just one section of the Davis Canyon complex. If you enjoy it I encourage you to walk up some of the other side canyons and see what you can discover on your own. Trail: There is no trail for this hike. The route follows a series of sandy washes through the bottom of a dry canyon.

©  David Day/Rincon Publishing. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Hanksville
Distance: 8.8
Elevation Gain: 100 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 4.75 hours
Season: Year-round, best spring and fall
Trailhead Elevation: 5,300 feet
Top Elevation: 5,360 feet
Local Contacts: Canyonlands National Park
Local Maps: USGS South Six-Shooter Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Davis Canyon

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