box canyon

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box canyon

[′bäks ‚kan·yən]
(geography)
A canyon with steep rock sides and a zigzag course, that is usually closed upstream.
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The box canyon is opening ahead of us, but the roaring is deafening.
It possesses dramatic topography, spectacular cliffs, waterfalls, box canyons, and an array of game and sensitive species that make it a popular destination for hunting, fishing and backcountry recreation.
The ones I liked the best as a youngster usually featured the hapless Westward-bound settlers unknowingly steering their wagon train into a box canyon.
Often, managers and directors don't fully appreciate warning signs until they find themselves in the equivalent of a box canyon.