The San Juan Canyon, southeastern Utah: A geographic and hydrographic reconnaissance

Water Supply Paper 538



This report, which describes the San Juan Canyon, San Juan River and the tributary streams and the geography and to some extent the geology of the region, presents information obtained by me during the descent of the river with the Trimble party in 1921. The exploration of the canyon, which was financed jointly by the United States Geological Survey and the Southern California Edison Co., had as its primary object the mapping and study of the San Juan in connection with proposed power and storage projects along this and Colorado rivers.1 The exploration party was headed by K. W. Thimble, topographic engineer of the United States Geological Survey. Other members of the party were Robert N. Allen, Los Angeles, Calif., recorder; H. E. Blake, jr., Monticello, Utah, and Hugh Hyde, Salt Lake City, Utah, rodmen; Bert Loper, Green River, Utah, boatman; Heber Christensen, Moab, Utah, cook; and H. D. Miser, geologist. Wesley Oliver, of Mexican Hat, Utah, served as packer for the party and brought mail and provisions by pack train twice a month to specified accessible places west of Goodridge.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title The San Juan Canyon, southeastern Utah: A geographic and hydrographic reconnaissance
Series title Water Supply Paper
Series number 538
DOI 10.3133/wsp538
Year Published 1924
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Washington, D.C.
Contributing office(s) Utah Water Science Center
Description v, 80 p.
Country United States
State Utah
Other Geospatial San Juan Canyon
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