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)
Mojave desert ecoregion
Mojave transition zone
Great Basin ecoregion
Colorado Plateau ecoregion
Riparian corridors
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As you walk through a stately ponderosa pine forest that thrives within the Colorado Plateau ecoregion, inhale deeply the sweet smell of vanilla and pine resin. Long needles clumped by threes, sway on limber branches, the breeze sending a soft rustling through the intense quiet. The orange-yellow bark flakes off in puzzle-piece shapes leaving a spongy pile of residue at the base of the tree, a perfect place for the busy-tailed squirrels to bury their winter’s food supply.

Much of the monument’s Colorado Plateau ecoregion is an area of volcanic origin containing basalt ledges, ponderosa pine forests, and pinyon-juniper woodlands.

Colorado Plateau Wildlife
Mt. Trumbull Ecosystem Restoration
Plants of the Colorado Plateau