Box canyon

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For the Colorado canyon, see Box Canyon, Colorado.

A box canyon is a small ravine or canyon with steep walls on three sides, allowing access and egress only through the mouth of the canyon. Box canyons were frequently used in the American West as convenient corrals, with their entrances fenced.[1] They were also used as kill sites for wild game, which could be driven into the confined space and killed.[2]

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  1. ^ "box canyon". Encarta World English Dictionary. 2009. Archived from the original on 2009-10-31. Retrieved 2009-08-04. 
  2. ^ "Wardell Buffalo Trap". Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office. Retrieved 2009-08-04. [dead link]