• 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?

John Otto on a trail with his horse and burro

John Otto's efforts almost a century ago continue to help visitors experience Colorado National Monument. Of the 40 miles of trails available to hikers in the monument, many of them were first built by original park custodian John Otto. More...