Location: Delta & Montrose Counties
Size: 2290 acres
Land Manager: Bureau of Land Management
Escalante Creek has cut a 1300-foot deep canyon revealing a geologic cross section representing over 600 million years of deposition and erosion (from the Precambrian to the Cretaceous). The rare Sclerocactus glaucus (Uintah Basin hookless cactus) and Astragalus linifolius (Grand Junction milkvetch) are found at this site. Hanging gardens in the canyon walls harbor Mancos columbine (Aquilegia micrantha) and Eastwood monkeyflower (Mimulus eastwoodiae). High-quality plant communities, including Great Basin grasslands, saltbush barrens, pinyon pine - Utah juniper woodlands and a saltgrass meadow occur throughout the canyon.
Colorado State Parks & Natural Areas by Frank Weston
Published September 1, 2008
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