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This Fragile Desert

photo: Tread lightly! There are many things you can do to help preserve Canyonlands while you're in the park.
Tread lightly! There are many things you can do to help preserve Canyonlands while you're in the park.
NPS Photo by Neal Herbert
 

Headed to Canyonlands? There are many things you can do to help preserve the park during your stay. This ten minute video highlights several techniques for minimizing your impact while on the trail, road or river.

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Did You Know?

Biological Soil Crust

The dirt is alive! A living crust called "Biological Soil Crust" covers much of Canyonlands 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...