Aside from the Oasis, the Canyons is the only source of non-depletable water. That, combined with the natural defenses of the canyon walls and the cooler ambient temperature making it a prime location for settlement. However, it is still home to various predators and the occasional Rock Elemental, so one will have to take care in clearing out the area if one wants to build here.
The Northern Canyons is a perfect place to gather flint, stone, and small amounts of metal due to its relative abundance of river rocks. Along the bottom of the Northern Canyons, one can find a considerable amount of silica pearls. A few small bodies of water can be found along the bottom of the Northern Canyons,as can small, shallow streams.