Arches National Park - Skyline Arch

Skyline Arch can be reached with a quick hike from the main road of Arches National Park. It is notable as in 1940 a large chunk of rock fell from the interior side of the arch, doubling the original size of the opening. The pile of rocks can still be seen below it. Because of it's location and position, Skyline Arch can also be viewed at a distance from several areas both inside and outside the park. Go to Photo Collection

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Description Horseback riders linger in four-wing saltbrush and blackbrush underneath Skyline Arch in Arches National Park. A few small Utah juniper dot the foreground. Larger juniper and pinyon grow along the base of the rock, where they are protected from weather and receive extra water when rain runs off the slickrock.
Date 1959
Photographer Unknown
Photo Source NPS - SEUG

Description A well-worn trail is cutting into the soil on the way to Skyline Arch. Small junipers, living in 1959, lie dead on the ground. Blackbrush now dominates the vegetation. Many shrubs, especially four-wing saltbrush, have disappeared since 1959, and the open spaces between shrubs show signs of erosion and dune formation.
Date 2006
Photographer Schelz, Charles
Photo Source NPS - SEUG

Description The trail to Skyline Arch has cut several inches into the soil, exposing roots and stems of blackbrush and four-wing saltbrush. Shrubs visible in 2006 have grown larger, but there are few young shrubs. Yellow-green ephedra shows signs of burial by blowing soil.
Date 2013-05-09
Photographer Lemke, W.
Photo Source USGS

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