Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Beef Basin

Beef Basin is a largely unknown high desert valley sanwiched between much more famous nearby places such as Canyonlands National Park, Dark Canyon Wilderness and Cedar Mesa. Managed by the Bureau of Land Management, Monticello Field Office, Beef Basin is a treasure trove of ancient ruins, uniquely free-standing similar to those found in Hovenweep National Monument.

The northern part of the valley is located inside Canyonlands NP boundary, but the southern portion is managed by BLM. The valley itself is really a northerly extension of the Cedar Mesa ecosystem featuring pinyon-juniper-sagebrush forest and ringed by redrock canyons.

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