Vegetation Inventory and Map for Navajo National Monument

cliff houses
Betatakin: Houses on the cliff

NPS Photo / Jacob W. Frank


Navajo National Monument lies in northeast Arizona and completely within the Navajo Indian Reservation. The monument comprises three separate units. The vegetation within the project area has been classified as a number of different types. The area is described as either Arizona/New Mexico Plateau ecoregion or the Navajo Canyonlands section of the Colorado Plateau Semi-Desert Province ecoregion. Its vegetation is represented by roughly 357 species of vascular plants in a limited set of communities.

The Navajo National Monument Vegetation Inventory Project delivers many geospatial and vegetation data products, including an in-depth project report discussing methods and results, which include 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: October 18, 2018