Arches National Park - Courthouse Wash

Courthouse Wash is a stream and sandy wash that runs through the lower section of Arches National Park before feeding into the Colorado River. It originates outside the park and acts as a riparian cooridor, providing an important water source to plants and animals within the park. The road past the Arches visitor center crosses this wash shortly past the Courthouse Towers viewpoint. Go to Photo Collection

Other photo locations in Courthouse Wash

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National Archives
Description This upstream view on Courthouse Wash shows a broad sandy channel with recent flood damage. Small woody shrubs are scattered on the mostly barren floodplain, and in the foreground may be leafless tamarisk.
Date 1930
Photographer Unknown
Photo Source National Archives

Description This view of Courthouse Wash is slightly upslope from the 1988 and 2011 photo locations. Young cottonwoods are turning to fall color in early October. Water flowed through the foreground streambed recently, keeping it clear of vegetation. The background portions of the streambed continue to revegetate and resist continued erosion. One large tamarisk grows among the cottonwoods on the far bank.
Date 2002-10-06
Photographer Schelz, Charles
Photo Source NPS

National Archives
Description Courthouse Wash changed considerably between 1988 and 2011. Mature cottonwoods, willow, and other vegetation have diverted the stream into a narrow channel in the foreground. Streamflow has cut the new channel down several feet from the former streambank. Recent flooding has had little effect on the channel, unlike the scouring apparent in the 1930s photograph.
Date 2011-10-12
Photographer Webb, R. H.
Photo Source National Archives

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