From Desert Blooms
to Alpine Meadows

Mesa Verde Country is home to over 2,000 species of plants that range from dwarf alpine flowers, to fields of mountain sunflowers, to carpets of high desert peas. Driving the San Juan Skyway through Mesa Verde Country will give you a glimpse of the stunning variety of flowers and trees of the area, but getting out for a hike will amaze you.

The best wildflower viewing times depend on seasonal rains and temperatures, but on average,  one can find abundant flowers in the 5,000 to 7,000 foot elevation of Canyons of the Ancients National Monument  from early April to the end of June; in the 7,000 to 8,300 foot elevations of Mesa Verde National Park from mid-May to the end of July; in the 8,000 to 11,500 foot elevations of the mountains of the Four Corners area from June through September; and in the 11,500 foot and higher alpine areas from mid-June to early September.

Know Before You Go

  • Visit the Southwest Colorado Wildflowers website to learn more about wildflower species of Mesa Verde Country.

Main Attractions

  • Canyons of the Ancients
  • San Juan Skyway

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