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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.

View more soil crust images on our Flickr page.


Did You Know?

Close up of biological soil crust

The dirt is alive! A living crust called "Biological Soil Crust" covers much of Arches and the surrounding area. Composed of algae, lichens and bacteria, this crust provides a secure foundation for desert plants. Please stay on roads and trails to avoid trampling this important resource. More...