Plate 452X. Paria River 1944 – 2004 Viewed southwest down the Paria River from The Cockscomb. This is just below the Paria’s confluence with Cottonwood Creek - - see Plate 453x. The stream channel has narrowed and the floodplain is more heavily vegetated today than in the past despite continued use by livestock. Cottonwood and willows have increased as, have tamarisk, arrowwood, and Russian olive. Pinyon and juniper have also increased. Greasewood, shadscale, and rubber rabbitbrush are common on drier sites. A high-voltage powerline and new road on the left have been added. The area was actively being grazed by cattle in 2004.
Original photograph taken by H.E. Gregory (No. 1215) in 1944; retake by Charles E. Kay on May 16, 2004 - - Photo No. 5315-7. Original photograph held by the U.S. Geological Survey Photographic Library, Denver, CO.
Riparian, Pinyon, Juniper, Salt Desert Shrub
South West: Section 21, Range 1 West, Township 41 South; UTM 418150 E, 4121050 N; elevation 5,010 ft.