Rim Rock Drive is OPEN - Visitor Center is OPEN 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Daily
Please drive safely! Winter driving conditions exist on park roadways. Call 970-858-3617 Extension 402 for a current road report. Trails are covered by 5"-10" of snow in most locations.
Description: grows 2-3 feet tall. The Four-Wing Saltbush has 1 inch long leaves that are linear and inverse lance shaped covered with small scales.
Range: occurs throughout the Rocky Mountain Region from South Dakota to Mexico and west to California. They grow in salt rich sandy soils.
Did you know: this plant is the widest distributed saltbush plant in the nation. The four-winged fruit is where the plant gets its name. Atriplex species have hair-bladders on the surfaces of their leaves, these bladders can rupture excreting salts. The male flowers are yellow in color and grow in tiny globular clusters, the female flowers grow in open clusters that are 2-16" long. The seeds are flat and have four large membranous wings.
Did You Know?
Desert bighorn sheep are considered a separate subspecies from their rocky mountain bighorn cousins. After many generations in a land of little rain, desert bighorns have adapted a special talent for lasting several days without water. More...