Parks in this Network
Southern Colorado Plateau Network
The Southern Colorado Plateau Network (SCPN) is one of 32 National Park Service I&M Networks across the country established to collect, organize, analyze, and synthesize natural resource data and information about national parks, and provide the results in a variety of useful formats. The network organization facilitates collaboration, information sharing, and economies of scale in natural resource monitoring. SCPN is comprised of 19 national park units located throughout the diverse landscapes of northern Arizona, northwestern New Mexico, southwestern Colorado and southern Utah.
This website delivers information about the Network's Inventory & Monitoring Program, and the scientific activities underway. Learn more about specific topics by exploring the links on the left or visit the park units web pages to find out about the particular resources found at each of these special places.
Visit our new climate page to learn more about the climate of the southern Colorado Plateau. Explore the new interactive weather stations map, and compare mean monthly temperature and precipitation among network parks by examining climate diagrams.
Ever wonder what species can be found in a particular network park? Use our new Species List
page to generate a species checklist using SEINet or NPSpecies, two data gateways used by NPS
to track and distribute species occurrence information.
Listen to interviews with Park Service scientists to learn about monitoring and restoration activities being conducted in the SCPN park units. Watch videos to learn of newly discovered animals at Petrified Forest National Park, and how historical vegetation plots have led to a deeper understanding of Grand Canyon National Park forests.
Discover what birds (2009, 2011),
plants (2010, 2011) and
aquatic macro- invertebrates (2011)
have been detected by SCPN field crews in the parks. Annual monitoring reports also describe
the condition of important habitat features associated with these species, such as forest structure,
soil stability and water quality.