Arches National Park - Fiery Furnace

The Firey Furnace section of Arches National Park is a maze of sandstone rock fins and walls, some passages narrow enough to require basic climbing moves to navigate. As there are many possible trails and routes and the possibility of becoming lost is quite high, to hike in this area visitors must obtain permits from the visitor center or join a ranger-lead hike. Go to Photo Collection

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USGS Photo Library
Description Robust pinyon, Utah juniper, and shinnery oak are nestled in the crevices of Fiery Furnace. A few barberry and Gambel oak sit within the protected fractures near the top of the ridge. Singleleaf ash and serviceberry interspersed between the large rocks indicate that the fractures provide a little more moisture and shade than the surrounding open desert.
Date 1972
Photographer Colton, R. B.
Photo Source USGS Photo Library

Description Fiery Furnace pinyon and juniper are showing signs of stress in the early 2000s drought. Dead limbs are a sign that these drought-adapted trees are shedding limbs to preseve the life of the whole plant. Some young plants are colonizing the sand ramp at the lower left, a sign of less sand blowing into the area.
Date 2006-07-03
Photographer Schelz, Charles
Photo Source NPS

Description This photo at the Fiery Furnace trailhead demonstrates the importance of plant's access to water during drought. Juniper in exposed locations, like the one in the lower right of the photo, show significant branch dieback due to recent drought. Juniper and pinyon in deep rock fractures that collect water show no branch dieback, and many have grown taller and more lush in the previous four decades. Perennial grasses and low-growing shrubs on the sand dunes have increased in density since the 1970s.
Date 2011-10-13
Photographer Webb, R. H.
Photo Source USGS

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