Canyonlands National Park - Lands End Butte - Maze District

Land's End is a butte at the edge of the Maze district of Canyonlands. Visitors who hike to the the top edge can gaze out over the orange cliffs that plumet down before them, and to some of the most remote sections of the park stretching into the distance. Go to Photo Collection

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Description Land's End Butte in Canyonlands is dotted with pinyon and juniper near its base. The foreground of this photo is mostly blackbrush. The soils appear eroded and windblown: small dunes have formed at the bases of the blackbrush.
Date 1931
Photographer Baker, A. A.
Photo Source USGS Photo Library

Description Blackbrush dominates the foreground of this photo. Pinyon and juniper are scattered along the toe of Land's End Butte. The spaces between the blackbrush are filled with thick, dark biological soil crust. Water flow has likely kept the soil in the lower right scoured of soil crust. This dark crust was not present on the grazed, highly eroded soils in 1931.
Date 2006
Photographer Gertler, M.
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Description Little has changed at Land's End Butte since 2006. Blackbrush shrubland blends into pinyon-juniper at the base of the butte. Robust biological soil crust grows in the interspaces between blackbrush.
Date 2008
Photographer Tharnstrom
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