Canyonlands National Park - Murphy White Rim - Island in the Sky District

The White Rim Road is a popular 4-wheel-drive and mountain biking destination for visitors to the region. The 100-mile trail begins and ends in the Island in the Sky district of Canyonlands National Park. Murphy Hogback is a designated camping area along the road. It can also be reached as a hike from Murphy Overlook above on the Island in the Sky mesa, accessable from the park road heading towards Grand View Point. Go to Photo Collection

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Description This scene shows the White Rim trail near Murphy Hogback, at Island in the Sky in Canyonlands National Park. The Green River is visible in the upper right of the screen. Vegetation on these rocky, eroding slopes is sparse and consists mainly of snakeweed, blackbrush, a few Apache plume, and other small shrubs. The foreground is a new gravel pile and a road edge is visible in the lower left.
Date 1961
Photographer Arnberger, L. P.; Wykert
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Description The White Rim trail near Murphy Hogback is dotted with small shrubs, including snakeweed, blackbrush, rabbitbrush, and saltbush. Shrubs have changed little in 51 years; nearly all of the same plants remain and have grown slightly larger. A young sagebrush has colonized and died on the road gravel pile in the foreground.
Date 2012-05-23
Photographer Miller, D. E.
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