Nature & Science

Hovenweep National Monument is not just a story about people. The natural environment -- plants, wildlife, geology, water, and soils -- supported the community that once lived here, and remain important subjects for ongoing scientific study.


Learn about Nature

  • collard lizard on rocks


    Learn about the different animals that live in Hovenweep.

  • sagebrush and juniper with cloudy skies


    Learn about the variety of plants that grow in Hovenweep.

  • stone structure with canyon and Sleeping Ute Mountain in background


    Read about the geologic forces at work in Hovenweep.

a lizard with greenish tail, yellow head, and dark blotches crawls low on the ground
Collared lizard

NPS/Andrew Kuhn

Explore Biodiversity

Have you ever taken a picture of a flower, or butterfly, or an unusual mushroom? You can also keep track of the biodiversity you see when you are in a national park, or where ever you go, with iNaturalist. Learn more about how you can help document the various life forms in our national parks. Explore Biodiversity.
Check out the Hovenweep iNaturalist project.

Last updated: February 19, 2018

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