Dark Canyon

Blanding, Utah 84511

Dark Canyon

Dark Canyon Professional Review and Guide

"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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Trail Information

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Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Five to seven days
Late spring to early summer, and fall
7,600 feet
Trailhead Elevation
8,000 feet
Top Elevation
Monticello Ranger District, Manti-LaSal National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Woodenshoe Buttes, USGS Poison Canyon, USGS Warren Canyon, USGS Black Steer Canyon, National Geographic Trails Illustrated Manti-LaSal National Forest Map
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Jul 2018