Canyonlands National Park - Chesler Trail - Needles District

Chesler Trail leads from the Elephant Hill parking lot to Chesler Park within the Needles Distrcit of Canyonlands National Park. The trail alternates between bare slickrock patches and trails worn into the sandy red soil, leading visitors from grassy areas to shrubland to pinyon-juniper forested areas as they make their way further into the park. Go to Photo Collection

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Description Chesler Trail cuts through a shrub-dominated area, with blackbrush, winterfat, rabbitbrush, snakeweed, and prickly pear comprising most of the plant life. Pinyon and juniper trees grow in patches to the side of the trail and extend out to the rock needles in the background. The interspaces between plants on both sides of the trail show a cover of biocrust indicating that, although sandy, the soil surface in this area is relatively stable.
Date 2004
Photographer Schelz, Charles
Photo Source NPS - SEUG

Description Not much has changed since 2004, with most of the same shrub and tree individuals persisting and displaying new growth, and a few new shrubs have established. The biocrust just alongside the path has deteriorated slightly with heavy foot traffic but the areas farther from the trail have retained their biocrust cover.
Date 2014-05-30
Photographer Lemke, W.
Photo Source USGS

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