Bolander, Ronald , Atwood, Duane .
San Rafael Tour.
We will drive south out onto the San Rafael Swell which is a unique and beautiful area. Time permitting, we will return to Snowbird by going up Farmington Canyon and driving along the Wasatch Plateau. This trip will provide participants an opportunity to observe a wide variety of botanical communities. In Spanish Fork Canyon, we will stop and observe a rare plant (Phacilia argillacea) which has been listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. There 24 such listed species in Utah including two species of cacti that we will see (hopefully!), when on the San Rafael Swell. These are small cacti and after they flower, they tend to disappear under the ground until the next spring.We will visit a stand of unique and beautiful Bristlecone pine. These are among of the oldest living things on the planet. Following our visit to the San Rafael Swell (a pinyon-juniper/desert shrub plant community) we will travel up Farmington Canyon and drive across the Wasatch Plateau.This is a stunning spruce/fir conifer forest with several meadows and small lakes and streams to enjoy. We will then go back down Spanish Fork Canyon and return to Snowbird.
Sunscreen, insect repellent, and dark glasses are recommended. There will be several stops to look at vegetation, cultural resources, etc. but no strenuous hiking is anticipated.
Includes transportation, continental breakfast, lunch and water
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1 - Bureau of Land Management, Utah State Office, 440 West 200 South, Suite 500, Salt Lake City, UT, 84145-0155, USA
2 - Bureau of Land Management
Presentation Type: Activities:Field Trips
Session: FT- 08
Location: Entrance/Cliff Lodge
Date: Sunday, July 26th, 2009
Time: 8:00 AM
Number: FT- 08001