Vegetation Inventory and Map for Arches National Park

Redrock spires contrast with cottonwoods changing to fall colors
Courthouse Wash in early autumn

NPS Photo


The unique and diverse landscapes of Arches National Park reveal the dynamic and ever-changing interactions among geology, climate, and plant and animal communities. The park lies in the arid center of the Colorado Plateau. This high desert environment supports sparse pygmy forests of pinyon and juniper on the slickrock plateaus, desert shrublands on deeper soils, and grasslands on valley floors.

The Arches National Park Vegetation Inventory Project delivers many geospatial and vegetation data products, including an in-depth project report discussing methods and results, which includes descriptions to vegetation associations, field keys to vegetation associations, map classification, and map-class descriptions. The suite of products also includes a database of vegetation plots and accuracy assessment (AA) sites; digital images of field sites; digital aerial imagery; digital maps; a contingency table listing AA results; and a geodatabase of vegetation, field sites (vegetation plots, and AA sites), aerial imagery, project boundary, and metadata.


The products of vegetation mapping projects are stored and managed in the National Park Service's Data Store, a repository for documents and publications relating to park resources. From the highlighted items below, click on the type of information you are looking for.

Last updated: September 20, 2018