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 This scene along Chesler Trail shows a cairn marking the trail across bare slickrock. Dark desert varnish marks the rock where water accumulates. Pinyon and juniper grow through cracks in the sandstone, and blackbrush occupies the deeper soils in the distance.
Date 2004
Photographer Schelz, Charles
Photo Source NPS - SEUG

Description Pinyon and juniper show extensive branch dieback due to persistent regional drought. Space has opened between the blackbrush in the distance, indicating these shrubs have also been stressed by lack of water.
Date 2014-05-30
Photographer Webb, R. H.
Photo Source USGS

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