Colorado Life Zones: Seasons, Plants, & Animals
Step 1: Choose One of the Life Zones or Choices Below
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Colorado Life Zones General information Interactive Life Zone Diagram Colorado Life Zones Maps Semidesert Shrublands Life Zone West CO Shortgrass Prairie or Plains Life Zones Foothills Woodlands and Shrublands Montane Forests Life Zone Subalpine Life Zone Alpine Life Zone Riparian Life Zones
Shortgrass Prairie or Plains Life Zone: Seasons, Plants, & Animals
Step 2: Choose a Topic from the Shortgrass Prairie or Plains Life Zone & Scroll Down

Shortgrass Prairie or Plains Life Zone General Information

General Information

Shortgrass Prairie or Plains Life Zone Through the Seasons

Through the Seasons

Shortgrass Prairie or Plains Playa Lakes and Underground Aquifer

Playa Lakes & Underground Aquifer

Shortgrass Prairie or Plains Life Zone Awesome Adaptations Awesome Adaptations

Shortgrass Prairie or Plains Plants and Trees

Plants and Trees

Shortgrass Prairie or Plains Life Zone Mammals

Mammals

Shortgrass Prairie or Plains Life Zone Birds

Birds

Shortgrass Prairie or Plains Life Zone Reptiles and Amphibians

Reptiles & Amphibians

Shortgrass Prairie or Plains Life Zone General Information

    The Great Plains on the eastern side of Colorado is one of the major landforms in the state. Its elevation is 4000 to 6,000 feet above sea level. It makes up over 40 percent of the land in Colorado. It is labeled as light yellow on the eastern side of the state on the life zone map below. The Purgatoire River, Arkansas River (Southeast CO), and South Platte River (Northeast CO) cut across the plains and provide important riparian habitats for animals and plants. See if you can find them on the bottom most map. Most of the land consists of dry rolling grasslands or short grass prairies with a few playa lakes and ponds.

Shortgrass Prairie: Spring & Early Summer
Shortgrass Prairie: Summer and Fall
Shortgrass Prairie Shortgrass Prairie
Colorado's Life Zones Map
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Colorado: Mountain Ranges and Major Rivers
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