Dark Canyon Plateau to Fable Valley Professional Review and Guide
"Wedged between Dark Canyon Plateau and Wild Cow Point north of Dark Canyon is a very remote high-desert valley of exceptional beauty. Fable Valley, as its name suggests, is a special place, yet few hikers brave the 40 miles of dirt roads and rugged trails to get there. The valley stretches 6 miles northwest to the rim of Gypsum Canyon, a precipitous gorge scaled by John Wesley Powell in 1869 from its mouth in Cataract Canyon on the Colorado River.
The Fable Valley area, in addition to nearby Beef Basin, Butler Wash, and Ruin Canyon and northward into the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park, was a center of Anasazi culture more than 700 years ago, attested to by the great number of ruins in the area. While 4WD roads access Beef Basin, Butler Wash, and Ruin Canyon, only cow trails afford access into the wild interior of Fable Valley, where hikers have the opportunity to discover many ancient ruins and enjoy an unspoiled landscape in utter solitude."