Canyonlands National Park - White Rim/White Crack - Island in the Sky District

White Crack is one of the southernmost points along the White Rim Road in the Island in the Sky district of Canyonlands National Park, a popular 100-mile road that is a 4x4 and mountain biking destination for many visitors. The road is so named for the bleached color of the sandstone, and marks the halfway boundary betwen the Island in the Sky mesa and the Colorado and Green rivers below. Go to Photo Collection

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Description The rocky slope shows only a few shrubs establishing in the disturbed rock, significantly smaller than the ones on top of the rock outcrop. The outline of the Abajo mountain range can just faintly be see on the horizon.
Date 1966
Photographer Unknown
Photo Source NPS - SEUG

Description The small shrubs from 1966 have grown significantly and many others have established on the slope, which looks to have stabilized in the 50 year period. Rocks and dirt have settled and there is a small trail visible on the slope. Most individual shrubs on top of the bare sandstonecap have persisted, most showing visible growth while a few have died back or vanished, and with only a few new additions. The Abajo mountains are clearly visible on the horizon.
Date 2006
Photographer Schelz, Charles
Photo Source NPS - SEUG

Description The slope shows a small amount of plant growth on the existing shrubs, and a small amount of new individuals as well. The small trail is more definined now and any plants growing across it have died as use increases. The shrubs on top remain largely unchanged. The Abajo mountains are only faintly visible in the distance.
Date 2012-05-23
Photographer Webb, R. H.
Photo Source USGS

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