Colorado National Monument

Colorado National Monument

Nature & Wildlife in Colorado

Geology

Natural Features & Ecosystems To many, the most outstanding natural features of Colorado National Monument are the park's geologic formations. In each of the canyons, visitors can see the remarkable effects of millions of years of erosion on a landscape of sedimentary rock. Two unusual natural features are common in ...

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Plants

Plants Vegetation within the monument and surrounding lands is primarily pinyon-juniper woodland, which receives less than 12 inches (28 cm) average annual precipitation. Woodland trees are usually less than 20 to 30 feet tall (6 to 9 m). Shrubs associated with this woodland include rabbitbrush, big sagebrush, single-leaf ash, broom ...

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Animals

Animals Colorado National Monument's varied terrain attracts many animals to live, nest, or hunt within its boundaries. Among mammals, the mule deer are the largest commonly sighted by visitors. However, coyotes, mountain lions, bobcats, and desert bighorn sheep are also occasionally seen by a lucky visitor. Smaller mammals like foxes, ...

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