Tiny Forests in the Desert

small sprigs of green moss cover black 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.

Learn More

Read more about soil crust at Arches National Park

Read more about soil crust at www.soilcrust.org

View more soil crust images on our Flickr page.

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Mailing Address:

PO Box 907
Moab, UT 84532


(435) 719-2299

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