Canyonlands National Park - Squaw Flat - Needles District

The Squaw Flat region of the Needles District features many grassland areas, which were actively grazed by local cattle ranchers up until 1974, ten years after Canyonlands was established as a National Park. It now also houses the Needles District's prmary campground. Go to Photo Collection

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Description This area in Squaw Flat shows a field dominated by long-lived native bunch grasses, bordered by juniper and pinyon trees near the rock cliffs that ring it. Trees extended upward onto the rock above as well.
Date 1965
Photographer Hyde, Phillip
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Description A parking lot, road, and outhouses have been built in this area of the park since the 1965 photo. The juniper and pinyon trees along the base of the cliffs and extending up the rocks have mostly persisted, with signs of minor branch dieback on some trees. The formerly grass-dominated field now shows a more mixed community with the addition of shrubs (primarily four-wing saltbush), and flowers such as blanket flower can be seen as well
Date 2014-05-27
Photographer Lemke, W.
Photo Source USGS

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