Biological soil crust is a living ground cover that binds soil in place, prevents erosion, and holds nutrients and water that plants need to survive. .
Arches can be a busy place. You can help protect fragile biological soil crusts by sticking to established trails, bare rock, or sandy washes, where water flows when it rains.
Yucca flowers are popping out!
Double Arch has the tallest opening of any arch in the park. The southern span soars 112 feet above ground level. See the tiny person beneath the arch? That span is also the second-largest arch in the park, at 144 feet across.
We (and the bees) are loving the sweet-smelling flowers of Frémont's mahonia. (Mahonia fremontii)
#TBT Happy Birthday to Us! On this date in 1929, President Herbert Hoover designated Arches National Monument, two separate areas of land called "Windows" and "Devil's Garden." Over time, various proclamations and laws expanded the area to the Arches National Park we know today.
Rocks piled at the base of Skyline Arch tell us about the ever-changing nature of arches. In 1940, a large boulder fell from the arch, nearly doubling its size. Water, gravity, and time force the stone to change. Eventually these arches will disappear, but what new formations will we see?
Navajo Arch is like a secret passage between sandstone fins. Walk along a rock wall, and you'll find this arch tunneled through the wall to the shaded area behind it. You can hike to this arch on the Devils Garden trail. It's a gently rolling trail to Landscape Arch, but then the trail becomes steep, with some rock scrambling and narrow ledges. ..
Last weekend visitors spotted this beautiful bobcat, one of the park's elusive predators. Though you may not see them, there are several predators like bobcats, mountain lions, coyotes, and foxes that live in our travel through the park. (cw, 📷: courtesy Benjamin Sack)