Lexington Arch

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Just inside the boundary of Great Basin National Park is Lexington Arch. Unusual in that it’s made of limestone and not sandstone, it’s possible that the Arch is not an arch at all. There’s speculation about the structure being natural bridge or even the remnants of an ancient cave system. However the Arch was formed, it’s a formidable sight on a stormy day.

Succession

Since the 2016 wildfire in Strawberry Creek, plants have been growing back with unbelievable tenacity. Penstemons, globe mallows, and prickly poppies stand in stark contrast among the burnt remains of the Piñon-juniper forest.

Palmer’s penstemon (Penstemon palmeri)

Fremont rock art fading into oblivion

Hundreds of years of exposure to the elements, in addition to decades of cars passing by on the nearby dirt road, have taken their toll on the Fremont rock art in Great Basin National Park. Park archaeologists are working to see if anything can be done to preserve these pictographs before nature fully takes its course.

Faintly visible are the trapezoidal bodies of multiple human figures, which are so indicative of Fremont art, painted in reddish pigment.  The pictographs have lasted at least 700 years, if not longer. One wonders if we are the last generation who will be able to see Fremont art with our own eyes.