Arches National Park - Turnbow Cabin - Wolf Ranch

Turnbow Cabin, also known as the Wolfe Ranch, is a one-room log cabin in lower Salt Wash, along the modern trail to Delicate Arch. It was built in 1906 by John Wesley Wolfe, who moved to the area with his family in 1898, and replaced a smaller and even more basic windowless cabin he had built upon settling. The cabin and ranch property changed owenership several times after Wolfe sold it in 1910 before becoming part of the Park, andin 1975 was included on the National Register of Historic Places. Go to Photo Collection


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NPS
Description Turnbow Cabin at the Delicate Arch trailhead is a popular stop. Invasive tamarisk dominate the low areas around the streambed and ranch. Much of the streambed is scoured from recent rains, and the bare hill in the background is an area where blowing sand accumulates.
Date 1961
Photographer Reddy
Photo Source NPS

NPS - SEUG
Description The vegetation at Wolfe Ranch has grown in dramatically in the two decades since grazing ended in the park. The old parking area around Turnbow Cabin is almost completely revegetated with greasewood. Tamarisk stumps around the streambed are visible, and mature tamarisk are almost competely vanished from the scene as a result of park service eradication efforts.The streambed has narrowed and downcut a few feet as new vegetation has stabilized the banks.
Date 2006-Jul
Photographer Schelz, Charles
Photo Source NPS - SEUG

NPS - SEUG
Description Flash-flooding in the summer monsoon has reconfigured the streambed and washed away the footbridge and streamside vegetation. The banks of the stream have collapsed in places and a new channel formed 50 feet away, on the left side of this scene. Mature tamarisk, not shown in the previous view, has held fast during the flood, while the native vegetation in the center of the photo is scoured away or bent to the ground.
Date 2006-Nov
Photographer Schelz, Charles
Photo Source NPS - SEUG

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