Near Moab in Grand County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Tracks in the Canyon
Desert plants endure poor soil, infrequent rain, intense heat and strong winds. Annual precipitation in less than 10 inches. Because of these challenges, seeds only germinate once every few years. This means that desert plant communities recover very slowly from any disturbance.
Grazing has ceased, mining has stopped, abandoned roads have been closed and backcountry travel is regulated. Natural revegetation is slowly repairing these impacts. Visual rehabilitation has begun to conceal the scars on the landscape, but full biological recovery will take many years in this arid environment.
Erected by Canyonlands National Park, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in Environment • Exploration.
Location. 38° 20.76′ N, 109° 51.615′ W. Marker is near Moab, Utah, in Grand County. Marker can be reached from Grand View Point Road, on the left when traveling south. Marker is at the Buck Canyon Overlook, 9.5 miles south of the Island in the Sky Visitor Center, in Canyonlands National Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Moab UT 84532, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Protecting Wilderness (approx. 2.2 miles away); John Wesley Powell on the Green River (approx. 2.7 miles away); Green River Overlook (approx. 2.7 miles away); Aztec Butte (approx. 3½ miles away); The Neck (approx. 7.7 miles away); Indian Ricegrass (approx. 8.1 miles away); The Legend of Dead Horse Point (approx. 10.9 miles away); The Origins Of a Name (approx. 11 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Moab.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 8, 2016, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 345 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 8, 2016, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.