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


    National Monument Colorado


Pinyon Pine (Pinus edulis)

Other Names: Pinyon (or Piñon), Two-leaf Pinyon, Two-needle Pinyon, Colorado Pinyon

Rio Grande Cottonwood (Populus deltoides)

Other Names: Fremont's cottonwood, meseta cottonwood

Single-Leaf Ash (Fraxinus anomala)

Other Names: dwarf ash

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.