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Lavender Canyon

Lavender Canyon

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Object Title: Lavender Canyon

Image Type(s): Hiking, Scenery


Page By: Liba Kopeckova

Created/Edited: May 16, 2011 / May 16, 2011

Object ID: 716123

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I always wondered what is inside that canyon. It lies right next to Indian Creek and the upper Lavender Canyon is part of Canyonlands, Needles district. Somehow, I was imagining fields of growing lavender. Silly me, there is no lavender there.

Lavender canyon was named after David Lavender, a rancher-turned author who was an occasional guest on the nearby Dugout Ranch. It is mostly 4WD adventure, with short hikes in the national park section. Obviously, you can hike in the lower section of the Lavender canyon, but we did not explore this part. The lower section of the canyon is very open, sandy and full of cows.
It is 14.6 miles from the road 211 to the park boundary, you don't need a permit for this section of the road, but you do need a permit if you wish to drive inside the National Park section of upper Lavender Canyon. You obtain the permit at the visitor center, Needles district of Canyonlands. The park will charge you 10$ park entrance fee and 5$ for back country permit. Park ranger then will give you a 4 digit number to open the lock at the gate. I was surprised that they had no information about this part of the park at the visitor center. I asked whether they have some booklet with what to expect, but park ranger had nothing to offer.
If you wish to explore the park section of the upper Lavender Canyon without a permit, then you have to go on foot. The dirt road in the park section of the Lavender Canoyn abruptly ends at 4.2 miles. Most indian ruins and arches are before you hit Cleft Arch (at 4 miles).

Image guide to Lavender Canyon

Sign at the entry
Sign at the start of sand road
Ancient gas station at Needles Outpost
Make sure you have enough gas=petrol, or benzin as we say in Czech:)
Small Creek crossing
Small creek crossing with Indian Creek cliffs in the background
2nd gate
2nd gate - this one has no lock
Road in Lavender Canyon
Sandy Road
Sign indicating turn off for Lavender
Re-assuring sign
North Six Shooter
North South Shooter
Bridger Jack Mesa
Bridger Jack Mesa as seen from Lavender Canyon
Lavender Canyon
Lower Lavender Canyon
Lavender Canyon
Pretty scenic road - don't you agree? :)
Arch at the gate to the park
Caterpillar Arch
Pay attention to cows
Cow crossing
Rainbow for a good night sleep
Rainbow, but luckily no rain
moonrise in Lavender Canyon
Nice place for sleep
Car sleeping is fun in a place like this
Simple dinner
Simple dinner - tasted good in such a surrounding
Sunset on the cliffs
Dogs are not allowed
Dogs are not allowed inside the park section of the canyon (beyond the gate)
Locked gate at 14.5 miles
Locked gate at the entry into the National park section
The only sign
The only sign you will encounter is at the gate
White Desert Primrose
White Desert Primrose
Blooming cactus
Blooming cactus
Anasazi ruins
Anasazi ruins
Anasazi ruin detail
Detail of the ruins
Small arch
Small arch in Upper Lavender Canyon
Cleft Arch
Cleft Arch and the main attraction of the Upper Lavender Canyon
And another arch
And another arch - I payed 1$ to my son for every arch he spotted
And a long way out
Long sandy road out of the canyon
Six Shooter Peaks
South Six Shooter peaks
2nd gate
An old corral and 2nd gate again

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naderI wondered too


Voted 10/10

I also wonered what was in Lavender Canyon. I had seen it on the map and often wondered if it was worth walking the road (very long hike I suppose).
Posted May 16, 2011 10:53 am

Liba KopeckovaRe: I wondered too

Liba Kopeckova

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I would not hike it. It is very open, no water, very hot, and if windy - not a desirable place to be.
I did take my old car - just finished washing all the red dirt from it. I think the sand is not great for the car, would recommend to hire a rental car for this adventure.
It was interesting, but not that much that I would go there 2nd time.
Thanks for visiting.
Posted May 16, 2011 11:02 am

DeanNice information


Voted 10/10

I enjoyed this one very much. I made my first trip to the Needles section of Canyonlands just last year and loved it.
Posted May 16, 2011 11:54 am

Liba KopeckovaRe: Nice information

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Thank you Dean. I am still working on this. It was interesting to go to a place with virtually no information about.
Posted May 16, 2011 11:57 am

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