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.
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 Touch for map. Marker is at the Buck Canyon Overlook, 9.5 miles south of the Island in the Sky Visitor Center, in Canyonlands National Park. Marker is in this post office area: Moab UT 84532, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Protecting Wilderness (approx. 2.2 miles away); The Neck (approx. 7.7 miles away); The Legend of Dead Horse Point (approx. 10.9 miles away); John Wesley Powell on the Green River (approx. 12½ miles away); Wooden Shoe Arch (approx. 14.2 miles away).
Categories. • Environment • Exploration •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 8, 2016, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 256 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 8, 2016, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.