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Glen Canyon Region

Proposed Wilderness in the Glen Canyon Region

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Among the proposed wilderness areas surrounding Glen Canyon and Lake Powell are the Little Rockies and Mancos Mesa.

The peaks of the Little Rockies, geologically similar to the Henry Mountains, are surrounded by slickrock canyons that flow directly into the former course of the Colorado River in Glen Canyon. From high points in the Little Rockies one looks southeast across Lake Powell to the remote, mysterious expanse of Mancos Mesa. Proposed wilderness areas here would protect the rugged peaks of Mt. Holmes and Mt. Ellsworth as well as 50 miles of narrow, inviting canyons and Navajo Sandstone slickrock. Access is easy from Utah Highway 276, which forms the unit’s western boundary.

The largest isolated slickrock mesa in southern Utah, Mancos Mesa’s 180-square-mile table-top is bounded on every side by 1,000- to 1,500-foot-high cliffs. The mesa top is roughly triangular in shape with Moki Canyon on the south as the base, Red Canyon as the northeast side, and the Colorado River gorge as the northwest side. Cedar Canyon and North Gulch drain into Lake Powell after cutting east to west across the width of the mesa. The area is dominated by Navajo Sandstone with extensive areas of slickrock and dune sand. Cedar, Moki, and Steer Pasture canyons have deep inner canyons in the Wingate Sandstone. Windblown sand offers access into the canyons in places, notably at the “Sandslide” in Moki Canyon. There is water in several springs in the canyon bottoms.

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