The Wild Bunch at Robbers Roost

The Wild Bunch at Robbers Roost

The Wild Bunch at Robbers Roost

The Wild Bunch at Robbers Roost

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The Robbers Roost is a geographic enclave in southeastern Utah that lies within the general Canyonlands area. It stretches from Hanksville to where the Dirty Devil River enters the Colorado River, upstream to the confluence of the Green and Colorado rivers, then up the Green for about fifty miles to the San Rafael River, and across the San Rafael Desert back to Hanksville. Roughly a parallelogram in shape, the Roost is characterized by deep eroded canyons and a number of fortresslike cliffs that did indeed afford the robbers a natural roost. The high, rough, strangely beautiful desert terrain is torn by erosion so that the canyons, which number in the scores, are difficult to traverse.

That area of southeastern Utah was one of the last fully explored places in the contiguous forty-eight states. Minerals were not found in great numbers until well into the twentieth century, and grazing land was scarce. Explorations occurred along the rivers of the region from the time of John Wesley Powell's heroic journeys down the Colorado, and plans for a . . .

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