Canyonlands National Park - Salt Creek upstream from Peekaboo Arch

Salt Creek Canyon in the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park is a 22.5 mile long stretch of canyon between the Peekaboo Campground inside the park and Cathedral Butte just outside the southern boundary of Canyonlands. This canyon is one of the few places in the Needles District where water can be found almost all year round, making it popular with hikers and backpackers as well as an important resource for the park's plants and wildlife. Go to Photo Collection

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Description This view shows a gang of packhorses and several vehicles moving upstream on Salt Creek just upstream from Peekaboo Arch. Taken at the time that Canyonlands was established as a national park, it shows a wide channel with flanking narrow, high floodplains and colluvial terraces resulting from rockfall and eolian distribution under the bedrock walls. Most of the vegetation in the channel is cottonwood with xerophytic shrubs, although a large Gambel oak is present under the shadowed cliff at middle right.
Date 1965
Photographer Wilson, Bates
Photo Source NPS - SEUG

Description Channel narrowing and new establishment of cottonwood has completely changed the center of this view, which, combined with the clear downcutting effects of recent flooding (note rocks exposure in the channel at center), has erased any trace of the former road. Among the new shrub species present, coyote willow and salt bush are perhaps most common. The cottonwoods and Gambel oak established before 1965 remain alive
Date 2015-04-01
Photographer Webb, R. H.
Photo Source USGS

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