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    Arches

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Tiny Forests in the Desert

Photo: A tiny forest of hairless twisted moss covers slopes of biological soil crust.
A tiny forest of hairless twisted moss on slopes of biological soil crust.
NPS Photo by Neal Herbert
 

 

Watch Your Step!

Help us protect soil crusts during your visit. Please walk on trails, rock or in sandy washes (where water flows when it rains), and keep all vehicles and bikes on designated roads.

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Did You Know?

Detail of petroglyph panel

Native Americans never inhabited Arches on a year-round basis, though they certainly roamed the area searching for wild game, useful plants and rocks for tool-making. Petroglyphs near Wolfe Ranch are thought to have been created by Indians from the Ute/Paiute cultures. More...