"Stay on the trail" Arches National Park Warnings Or Dangers Tip by caffeine_induced78
Arches National Park Warnings and Dangers: 48 reviews and 74 photos
It's not a danger to you - it's a danger to the environment of Arches. You can almost never see it but it's all over the place. Despite the warnings on signs in several languages I still could see footprints in the soil all over the place away from the trail. Is it really worth getting that perfect picture at the expense of the health of a National treasure? I am talking about cryptobiotic crust - a combination of lichen, fungi, and algae that makes a powdery crust over much of the Colorado Plateau. One step can kill years worth of growth that helps hold moisture, reduces erosion, and provides nutrients for the ecosystem here. So please - stay on the marked trails.
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