Two large white flowers with dark leaves.

Sacred Datura

B Moffitt/NPS Photo

A field of yellow flowers in front of bumpy cliffs.

Desert dandelion (Maliacothrix glabrata)

NPS/John Spence

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Rainbow Bridge National Monument have highly diverse vegetations typical of the Colorado Plateau region. Vegetation communities are affected by variations in soil, water availability, substrate type, and elevation. In the Glen Canyon area, low growing shrubs on clay badlands contrast sharply with lush hanging gardens fed by springs which grow on cliff walls. Green strips of riparian zones wind through desert slopes and past sheer cliffs. Vegetation communities create habitat for wildlife by providing important water and food sources.

A delicate pink flower with thin leaves.

Showy rushpink

NPS/John Spence


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