Prairies and Grasslands
The park is situated on a series of low benches along the Arkansas River in southeastern Colorado. It is located on the western edge of the Great Plains at an elevation of 4035 ft. This area is short grass prairie, classified as the Kuchler Vegetation Type, as Gramma and Buffalo grasses dominate the high benches. The river bottom encompasses mixed grasses, riparian and wetland plant species. The current vegetation is a mixture of native plant communities impacted by exotics and grassland recovering from agricultural use.
Did You Know?
Bent's Fort was on the boundary with Mexico in the 1830s and 1840s. It was 600 miles from the nearest town in Missouri.