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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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Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument has no natural creeks, rivers, or lakes, but you may be lucky enough to chance upon one of its springs or seeps – a secret garden in the midst of an arid landscape. Just a little water is all it takes – wherever water flows there will be pockets of greenery that sustains unique collections of plants and animals. Mosses and maidenhair ferns may decorate the moist rocks, while cattails, and rushes sink their roots into the soft soil around the water’s source; listen to the soft breeze rustle the leaves of the cottonwoods and the whip-like branches of the willow. Take a good look - riparian areas cover the smallest number of acres, but are among the most productive and important ecosystems with the greatest diversity of flora and fauna.

Riparian corridor wildlife
Plants of the riparian corridors