Introduction to Grand Canyon-Parashant (Alt + 1)
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The Colorado Plateau (Alt + 3)
A Journey Through Time (Alt + 4)
Ecology of the Monument (Alt + 5)
Geologic history of the Colorado Plateau
Ecology of the Colorado Plateau
Cultural history of the Colorado Plateau
Parashant's role within the Colorado Plateau
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Humans have lived on the Colorado Plateau for 12,000 years. First to arrive were big game hunters, followed by the Archaic culture (8,000 years ago) who hunted small game and gathered food plants. Later, the Ancestral Puebloans (300 A.D. to circa 1250) met the Plateau’s challenges, and settled into permanent homes to farm. This culture has become famous world wide for the archaeological evidence and treasures they left behind - Chaco Canyon and Mesa Verde National Parks are some well-known sites.