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Escalante River




Plate 510X. Escalante River 1933 – 2004 Viewed east down the Escalante River to the upper end of Escalante Canyon. Escalante townsite is on the right. Note how denuded the Escalante River was in 1933 and how conditions have improved. Today, cottonwoods and willows grow in profusion where they were once absent. Russian olive and tamarisk are also present. The old irrigation ditch in the foreground of the 1933 image has been abandoned. Pinyon and juniper now block the original photopoint, so the retake was made from the nearest open area. The arroyo on the right is more heavily vegetated today than it was in the past. Pinyon and juniper have increased.

Photo Information:

U.S. Forest Service photograph taken by an unknown photographer ca. 1933; retake by Charles E. Kay on June 11, 2004 - - Photo No. 5344-27. Original photograph held by Southern Utah University Archives and Special Collections, Cedar City, UT.

Vegetative Community:

Riparian, Pinyon, Juniper


South West: Section 7, Range 3 East, Township 35 South; UTM 445800 E, 4181000 N; elevation 5,990 ft.

January 2018