Frequently Seen Plants in Mesa Verde
Mesa Verde is in the Colorado Plateau Province characterized by deep canyons, high elevation and an arid climate. These factors shape the plant species that grow at the park. Pinyon-juniper woodlands, mixed herb grasslands, and mountain shrubland are the largest plant communities at Mesa Verde supporting many of the park's flora.
Discovering the Plants of Mesa Verde National Park
Scroll through photographs of some of the most frequently seen plants in the park. If you are trying to identify a white, pink, or blue wildflower, be sure to look in all three color sections below.
Note the following codes used in the photo gallery:
Thanks to Al Schneider of www.swcoloradowildflower.com for providing the photographs for the following photo gallery.
Photos are ©Al Schneider and may not be reproduced without permission.
A detailed list of typical plant species can be found by downloading:
Trees, shrubs, and wildflowers in Mesa Verde National Park (pdf, 130 kb)
You can also visit the Mesa Verde National Park Species List for a complete list of plants.
Suggested Plant Walks
Listed below are the best locations to view and understand the plant life in Mesa Verde National Park. Wayside exhibits and trail guides will assist you in identifying the park vegetation.
Last updated: January 25, 2018