1 1/2-1 3/4" (38-44 mm). Above, reddish-brown. Below, FW reddish-brown; HW purplish-brown (female) or rust-colored (male) with silvery markings along HW margin and blue-black spots
in bluish-silver field near middle of outer margin. Light brown lines cross underside, 2nd line in from edge is not continuous between FW and HW, but begins on HW somewhat offset toward edge from where it ends on FW.
Sonoran and Nabokov's satyrs differ in shape of brown line along disk below, which is continuous from FW to HW.
Unknown. Probably feeds on grasses (Poaceae) or sedges (Cyperaceae).
2 broods southward; May-June and August-October, a briefer period farther north.
Foothills, low mountains, and plateau canyons among arid lands.
Colorado, s. Utah, s. Nevada south through Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas into Mexico.
The Canyonland Satyr haunts cooler parts of arid lands in the spring and again during the hottest part of the summer. It can be found dodging in and out among scrub oaks and junipers along the rims of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison River and among the ruins of Mesa Verde. Like most satyrs, it settles among the duff and vanishes from sight before flying again. This species was previously known as Euptychia dorothea, which is now considered a subspecies (C. p. dorothea) of the Canyonland Satyr.