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BIG AGUJA CANYON. Big Aguja Canyon begins three miles south of Black Mountain and nine miles northwest of Fort Davis in central Jeff Davis County (at 30°41' N, 103°59' W) and extends northeast for twenty-eight miles to meet Madera Canyon and form the channel of Toyah Creek two miles southwest of Toyahvale and Balmorhea State Park in southwestern Reeves County (at 30°56' N, 103°49' W). The area's rugged terrain is surfaced by shallow, stony soils that support scrub brush, grasses, creosote bush, and cacti. The canyon is named for Big Aguja Mountain.

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Handbook of Texas Online, "Big Aguja Canyon," accessed December 16, 2017,

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