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East Fork Of The Virgin River




Plate 529X. East Fork of the Virgin River 1931 – 2004 Viewed northeast up the East Fork of the Virgin River one half-mile above Lydias Canyon. The photopoint is on the old roadway. U.S. Highway 89 has been realigned, widened, and paved. Oakbrush below the original camera station has grown-up to block the view, but those plants were killed by a recent, though small, wildfire - - thus the dead branches in the retake. Pinyon, juniper, and oakbrush have all increased, as has woody riparian vegetation, primarily cottonwoods, along the East Fork. Utah serviceberry, bitterbrush, and birchleaf mountain mahogany have also increased. The area has been subdivided into small acreages and several houses built - - only one of which is visible in the retake.

Photo Information:

U.S. Forest Service photograph (264941) taken by Reed W. Bailey in 1931; retake by Charles E. Kay on June 30, 2004 - - Photo No. 5353-15A. Original photograph held by the Utah Historical Society, Reed W. Bailey Collection (Box 5), Salt Lake City, UT.

Vegetative Community:

Oakbrush, Pinyon, Juniper, Riparian, Mountain Brush


South West: Section 2, Range 7 West, Township 40 South; UTM 358550 E, 4135850 N; elevation 6,100 ft.

January 2018