Introduction to Grand Canyon-Parashant (Alt + 1)
Visitor Center (Alt + 2)
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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With such varied climate and landforms, the Plateau is an area of great ecological diversity. Low-lying rocky areas support desert shrubs like Joshua trees, saltbush and greasewood while stands of pinyon pine and several species of juniper, interspersed with grasses, herbs, and shrubs like sagebrush, blanket much of the region. At higher elevations, there are forests of ponderosa pine, Douglas-fir, lodgepole pine, and aspen. Numerous species of cacti grow throughout, some of these found nowhere else.