Desolation Canyon is one of the West's wild treasures.
Visitors come to study, explore, run the river, and hike a canyon
that is deeper at its deepest than the Grand Canyon, better
preserved than most of the Colorado River system, and full of
eye-catching geology-castellated ridges, dramatic walls, slickrock
formations, and lovely beaches. Rafting the river, one may see wild
horses, blue herons, bighorn sheep, and possibly a black bear.
Signs of previous people include the newsworthy, well-preserved
Fremont Indian ruins along Range Creek and rock art panels of Nine
Mile Canyon, both Desolation Canyon tributaries. Historic Utes also
pecked rock art, including images of graceful horses and lively
locomotives, in the upper canyon. Remote and difficult to access,
Desolation has a surprisingly lively history. Cattle and sheep
herding, moonshine, prospecting, and hideaways brought a surprising
number of settlers--ranchers, outlaws, and recluses--to the
Subjects: History, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
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