Maidenwater Canyon is a major tributary of Lake Powell, Trachyte Creek drains the eastern slopes of the Henry Mountains and joins the lake 8 miles from Hite. The creek and its numerous tributaries are incised into a red slickrock wilderness - the surrounding land is a maze of Navajo sandstone canyons, domes, ridges and crumbling colourful strata, part of a tremendously scenic, little known region although with relatively easy access provided by UT Highway 276 and US highway 95.
Four mile long Maidenwater Canyon is the best of over a dozen major tributaries and has two main forks each of which have an upper section, west of UT Highway 276, containing deep, colorful and very narrow slot passages that drop quite steeply and require ropes to fully explore.
The two main forks of Maidenwater Canyon are separated by half a mile of UT Highway 276, with a smaller branch another half mile to the north. The middle fork crosses at milepost 9, with the south (main) branch at about mile 9.5.
For more information, please contact:
Henry Mountains Field Station
380 South 100 West
Hanksville, Utah 84734