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  • Hilary Sep 23, 2015

    Hi Mike – interesting they’ve made steps up – I guess it eases it for people to walk up and they don’t damage the environment any more than necessary. It’s an incredible natural phenomena … cheers Hilary

    PS I hope you get a chance to look at some of the links of my latest Canterbury post … no worries re the post – but I think the links to the professional sites (first two) will interest the engineer in you (well I hope so!) … cheers H
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    • Mike Sep 30, 2015

      There’s plenty of room for scrambling over rock going through the arch.

      The steps are part of the trail and are there to keep people on the trail and off of the desert soil. A fragile living crust called “Biological Soil Crust” covers much of the desert in Arches and the surrounding area. Composed of algae, lichens and bacteria, this crust provides a secure foundation for desert plants. (

      The articles on the Cathedral are interesting.
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