• View from the Canyon Rim Trail. Photo by Jeff Kochevar

    Colorado

    National Monument Colorado

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  • Visitor Center is OPEN 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Daily

    Alcove Nature Trail CLOSED for reconstruction until further notice.

Plants

Vegetation within the monument and surrounding lands is primarily pinyon-juniper woodland, which receives less than 12 inches (28 cm) average annual precipitation. Woodland trees are usually less than 20 to 30 feet tall (6 to 9 m). Shrubs associated with this woodland include rabbitbrush, big sagebrush, single-leaf ash, broom snakeweed, Utah serviceberry, yucca, Mormon tea, mountain mahogany, and cliff rose.

Did You Know?

climbers on Independence Monument

Each Independence Day, local climbers scale the iconic Independence Monument in Colorado National Monument and raise an American flag on top. This tradition dates back to early park promoter John Otto, whose route up Independence Monument climbers still follow.