DOG CANYON. Dog Canyon, which contains an intermittent stream, begins four miles east of Stairway Mountain in the Black Gap Wildlife Management Area in southeastern Brewster County (at 29°33' N, 102°53' W) and extends northeast for four miles to its mouth on Maravillas Creek, six miles west of the Rio Grande (at 29°35' N, 102°52' W). The surrounding steep to gentle slopes are surfaced by shallow to moderately deep clay and sandy loams that support scrub brush and grasses. Three variations of the source of the name are that a pack of wild dogs was discovered there, that a lost yoke of oxen guarded by a stray dog was found there, and that the canyon was named for an old rancher and trapper nicknamed "Dog" because he kept so many of them.
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