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
Use the following photo gallery to 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.
Plant Species Lists
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. Please remember that picking wildflowers, killing or collecting any plant in the park is against the law.
Last updated: January 18, 2020