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


    National Monument Colorado

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    Alcove Nature Trail CLOSED for reconstruction until further notice.


Big Sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata)
Other names: common sagebrush, blue sagebrush, black sagebrush, mountain sagebrush

Cliffrose (Cowania mexicana)
Other names: quininebush

Fendlerbush (Fendlera rupicola)
Other names: cliff fendlerbush, false mockorange

Manzanita (Arctostaphylos patula)

Other names: Greenleaf manzanita

Mormon Tea (Ephedra viridis)

Other names: Joint-fir, Brigham tea

Skunkbush (Rhus aromatic ssp. trilobata)

Other names: skunkbush sumac, lemonbush, threeleaf sumac

Snakeweed (Gutierrezia sarothrae)

Other names: broom snakeweed

Did You Know?

Independence Monument

Independence Monument is all that remains of a continuous ridge that once formed a wall between Monument and Wedding Canyons. A cap of durable Kayenta rock has protected this picturesque 450 feet (137 meters) high monolith from the relentless erosion that carried away the surrounding rock.