Dark Canyon Wilderness

Dark Canyon Wilderness map

With narrow, steep walls that block the light in the morning and late afternoon, Dark Canyon Wilderness is aptly named. Once home to a small segment of the widespread Anasazi Indians (Ancestral Puebloan), the canyons included in the area (Dark and Woodenshoe Canyons, and their tributaries) make up the roughly horseshoe-shaped Dark Canyon Wilderness. This is an extraordinarily beautiful and remote section of the Colorado Plateau where sculpted and colored walls of Cedar Mesa sandstone rise above the canyon floors. You may see evidence of the Ancestral Puebloan culture in the form of structures, rock art, or artifacts.

Remember, it is against the law to remove or disturb any archaeological resources you may encounter. Please leave things as you found them for future study and so those that come after you may experience this unique resource as well. Water is scarce in the canyon so either plan to carry all the water you may need with you or contact those with local knowledge for the location of the very few water sources. Also, please follow the Leave No Trace principles such as Plan Ahead and Prepare, Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces, Dispose of Waste Properly, Leave What You Find, Minimize Campfire Impacts, Respect Wildlife, and Be considerate of Other Visitors.

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