Cryptobiotic Soil Crust – Utah’s Valued Ground Cover

Cryptobiotic soil is a lumpy, dark-brown crust comprised of a living community of fungi, lichen, cyanobacteria, and moss. Cryptobiotic soil is very important to desert wildlife and plant communities because it prevents both water and wind erosion by absorbing moisture and binding together loose soil particles. In addition, it enriches the soil with carbon and nitrogen that help plants like the Great Plains Yucca to grow. Cryptobiotic soil is very fragile and, thus, easily destroyed by foot prints, bicycle tracks, and car tread marks. Most importantly, it can take up to 200 years for it to regenerate and, therefore, it is difficult to replace trampled cryptobiotic soil. Thus, please be mindful of cryptobiotic soil and do your best to hike and bike on durable surfaces such as rocks and existing trails. The following pictures were taken at Pothole Point Trail in Canyonlands National Park.


The last set of pictures were taken on Cave Spring Trail in Canyonlands National Park.

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Delicate Arch Trail – Arches National Park – Moab, Utah

The Delicate Arch trail head is located inside Arches National Park and is a 30 to 40 minute drive north of Moab, Utah. The Arches National Park entrance is about five miles north of Moab, Utah and on the east side of US-191. Continue reading “Delicate Arch Trail – Arches National Park – Moab, Utah”

MOAB Brand Trails – Mountain Biking on Slickrock in Moab, Utah

The MOAB Brand Trails are located 7.5 miles north of Moab, Utah on the right side of US-191. Specifically, the trail head is reached by turning right at the Bar-M Chuckwagon. Continue reading “MOAB Brand Trails – Mountain Biking on Slickrock in Moab, Utah”

Cave Spring Trail – Day Hiking – Canyonlands National Park – Utah

We visited Canyonlands National Park’s Needles District which is located 75+ miles southwest of Moab, Utah. Reach the Needles District entrance by driving 40 miles south on US-191, turn right on UT-211, and drive 31 miles to the Needles District visitor center. Continue reading “Cave Spring Trail – Day Hiking – Canyonlands National Park – Utah”

Big Spring Canyon Overlook – Canyonlands National Park, Utah

We hiked two trails (Pothole Point trail and Cave Spring trail) and stopped at the Big Spring Canyon Overlook while on a day trip to Canyonlands National Park’s Needles district in Utah. Continue reading “Big Spring Canyon Overlook – Canyonlands National Park, Utah”

Pothole Point Trail – Hiking in Canyonlands National Park, Utah

We visited Canyonlands National Park’s southern set of trails which are located 75+ miles southwest of Moab, Utah. Reach the south entrance by driving 40 miles south on US-191, turn right on UT-211, and drive 31 miles to the Needles district visitor center. Continue reading “Pothole Point Trail – Hiking in Canyonlands National Park, Utah”

Cross Country Skiing in Salt Lake City, Utah

Periodically, we visit Salt Lake City, Utah and with each visit we do our best to explore Salt Lake City’s seven canyons. We have been cross country skiing twice and have ranked the two places we explored. Continue reading “Cross Country Skiing in Salt Lake City, Utah”