Dark Canyon

Blanding, Utah

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The Dark Canyon Wilderness, south of Canyonlands National Park, offers beautiful forest and desert scenery, Indian ruins, and peace and solitude. This five- to seven-day trip is for experienced backpackers. This loop hike in the canyons surrounding Dry Mesa—Woodenshoe, Dark, and Peavine—measures about 40 map miles, but with side excursions it can easily be extended to twice that. The Dark Canyon area is rich in biological, geological, archaeological, and historical perspectives and remains in a relatively pristine state. The Dark Canyon Wilderness, designated in 1984, encompasses 45,000 acres. The lower portion of Dark Canyon is part of the 62,000-acre BLM Dark Canyon Primitive Area.
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Hiking Utah

by Bill Schneider Edited by Ann Seifert (Falcon Guides)

The Dark Canyon Wilderness, south of Canyonlands National Park, offers beautiful forest and desert scenery, Indian ruins, and peace and solitude. This five- to seven-day trip is for experienced backpackers. This loop hike in the canyons surrounding Dry Mesa—Woodenshoe, Dark, and Peavine—measures about 40 map miles, but with side excursions it can easily be extended to twice that.

The Dark Canyon area is rich in biological, geological, archaeological, and historical perspectives and remains in a relatively pristine state. The Dark Canyon Wilderness, designated in 1984, encompasses 45,000 acres. The lower portion of Dark Canyon is part of the 62,000-acre BLM Dark Canyon Primitive Area.

©  Bill Schneider Edited by Ann Seifert/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Blanding
Distance: 40
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: Five to seven days
Season: Late spring to early summer, and fall
Trailhead Elevation: 7,600 feet
Top Elevation: 8,000 feet
Local Contacts: Monticello Ranger District, Manti-LaSal National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Woodenshoe Buttes, USGS Poison Canyon, USGS Warren Canyon, USGS Black Steer Canyon, National Geographic Trails Illustrated Manti-LaSal National Forest Map
Driving Directions: Directions to Dark Canyon

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