Big Notch to Scorup Cabin Professional Review and Guide
"This very scenic hike traces Dark Canyon from its Elk Ridge headwaters to historic Scorup Cabin, a well-preserved summer cowboy camp that dates back to 1930. The trip blends montane forests and rich grasslands and wildflowers with a canyon country landscape of bold Cedar Mesa Sandstone walls. This trip is a fine choice for a day hike from late spring through autumn, and the intermittent stream and numerous potential camping areas make the trip inviting to overnighters as well.
Observant hikers may spot Anasazi runs, though they are not abundant, or some of The Diverse wildlife that dwell here. Mule deer, mountain lions, elk, coyotes, and black bears make their home on Elk Ridge and in upper Dark Canyon. Short-horned lizards, attaining the size of an adult's hand, are quite common. Watch where you step, as these slow-moving reptiles frequently sun themselves on the sandy trail."