Four Corners Monument

Colorado Plateau

The Colorado Plateau Province is the largest plateau in North America, covering 140,000 sq mi (362,600 sq km) in Utah, Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico, and surrounds Scenic Color Country, home of our photos.  The Plateau contains the greatest concentration in the US of National Parks and Monuments, wilderness areas, and other protected areas.  The Plateau is bounded (roughly) on the east and southeast by the Rocky Mountains and Rio Grande rift, on the north/northwest by the Uinta and Wasatch ranges, the Basin and Range Province on the west, and the Mogollon Range on the south.  The Plateau is mainly high altitude desert, with some forests, usually around mountain ranges that provide irrigation from melting snow.  Domes, hoodoos, fins, reefs, goblins, river narrows, natural bridges, deep canyons, slot canyons, and wilderness study areas are only some of the additional features of the Plateau.  The map on the right locates the Plateau, Plateau graphic menu selection shows significantly more detail.

The Colorado Plateau offers more than beautiful scenery and awesome geology with many cultural and archaeological sites throughout the plateau, left behind by ancestral Puebloans (Anasazi), Fremont, Ute, and other native cultures.  The area surrounding the Four Corners Monument contains the greatest concentration of Native American cultural sites north of Mexico (visit our Archaeology menu).

Protected Areas is a list of National Parks and Monuments, recreation areas, wilderness areas, and other protected areas inside the Colorado Plateau.