Thursday, January 08, 2015

The Cairn Garden



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Just got back from another trip to Moab to visit our wonderful National and State parks. Many trails in that area are across slickrock where it is much harder to follow them because you can't see them like you do ones through forests and other places with soft ground, or on pavement.  To mark these trails they use "Cairns" which are piles of rocks as you can see in the photos above.

I've also added one more photo. I always thought that park rangers went out and created the Cairns one at a time, but on this trip as we were headed to a new arch I had never seen before, called Corona Arch, we came across a garden where it appears that the Cairns are grown. As you can see there are many baby Cairns and even a few very old ones that have grown big and tall. I'm sure they will be harvested very soon for use to mark an important slickrock trail.


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2 comments:

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

I came across a Cairn nursery one time on a hike somewhere. It was so long ago I don't recall where but I do remember taking a picture of it. Boy I love the slickrock county.

Bethany Carson said...

Very neat!

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