Canyons of the Escalante Landforms (with Map & Photos)

The Escalante Canyons is a collective name for landforms erosion created by the river Escalante and its tributaries, the basin of the river Escalante.

Concept: They are geographical accidents produced by the tenacity of the rivers as they pass through soft territories that have become an essential tourist spectacle. Canyons, gorges and gorges whose depth and natural wealth make them occupy a very prominent place in the most prestigious guides.

A canyon or gorge is a deep, narrow valley with steep, rocky slopes. Narrow as used to describe these formations is relative to the length of the valley. Some canyons are several kilometers wide. The canyons are formed as a result of long periods of erosion. A river exerts force on the surrounding landscape as it is worn down to the elevation of the nearest body of water. Once this river has reached the water body, the pressures on the landscape decrease and the amount of erosion begins to stabilize. Most of the canyons and gorges on the planet today are relatively young compared to the planet itself.

Canyons of the Escalante Landforms
Canyons of the Escalante Landforms


It is believed that the beginning of the formation of the canyons coincided with the melting of the glaciers. The glacial waters combined with existing water bodies to create rivers reaching far beyond their sources from the glacial mountain tops. Every now and then, a canyon forms due to a monumental collapse of a land feature or a tectonic event. These cases are the exception rather than the rule. In general, the formation of a canyon occurs as a result of a long process of erosion.

Other origins of the canyons

Karst canyons, produced by the incision of a river current plus karstification.
Canyons associated with fractures, in which there may also be karstification or a change in the base level.

Canyons of a structural nature, like the cluses produced in the Appalachian reliefs.

In general, tabular reliefs favor the presence of deep canyons associated with fractures, as occurs with gorges in limestone or karst soils.

Similar landforms

There are many terms to describe canyon-like landforms. The ravines, gullies and ditches are similar to the guns, but they are much smaller and probably created by a small brook rather than a river.

The 10 deepest canyons on the planet

  1. Grand Canyon of the Colorado, USA.
  2. The Colca Canyon, Peru
  3. Kali Gandaki Canyon, Nepal
  4. Sumidero Canyon, Mexico
  5. Cheile Turzil canyon, Romania
  6. Blyde Canyon, South Africa
  7. Fhis River Canyon, Namibia
  8. Fjaörárgljúfur canyon, Iceland
  9. Canyon of Verdon, France
  10. Yarlung Zangbo Canyon, China

The largest canyon in the world

The largest canyon in the world is the Grand Canyon of the Colorado. It corresponds to Arizona in the US and has a length of 445 kilometers. Its maximum width is 29 km. and in some places it is more than 2000 m. altitude. It is a national park visited by more than 2 million people each year. It can be traveled on foot or by canoe and is a privileged place for the animal or plant species that live in it, since the Colorado River, which has sculpted this natural wonder, offers on its banks an authentic plant oasis in the middle of the desert.

Grand Canyon Map