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Albion Basin is located at the top of glacially-carved Little Cottonwood Canyon, above the ski resorts of Alta and Snowbird, Utah, at over 9,500 feet. Photo by Wayne Padgett.
Colorful geraniums, paintbrushes, columbines, lupines, daisies, and mountain sunflowers adorn the meadows of Tony Grove, Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Utah. Photo by Teresa Prendusi.
Display of red paintbrush, white Leafy Jacob’s ladder, and blue lupine and bluebells on the hillside of Mt. Timpanogos, Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Utah. Photo by Jana Leinbach.
Silvery lupine (Lupinus argenteus) and fireweed (Epilobium angustifolium) near Phillips Pass, Bridger-Teton National Forest, Wyoming. Photo by Susan Marsh.
A multitude of flowers can be seen along the road up Sawtell Mountain, Caribou-Targhee National Forest, Idaho, like the small sunflower (Helianthella uniflora). Photo U.S. Forest Service.
The Mount Harrison Botanical Special Interest Area has two of the largest intact tall forb communities remaining in Idaho.
The Forest Service is actively managing many of the remaining Tall Forb sites in efforts to maintain those sites that are in optimal condition and where possible restore the degraded sites to their former glory. Grazing in many of these areas has been significantly curtailed. Other sites have been fenced or re-seeded. Several have been designated as Wildflower Viewing Areas for people to enjoy and experience a glimpse of what once was a veritable “bee garden” in the sky.
Where to View and Enjoy Tall Forb Sites
There are still many beautiful areas in the western mountains where one can view outstanding displays of remnant Tall Forb communities. Here is a listing of some Wildflower Viewing Areas within the Intermountain Region where you can enjoy the Tall Forb experience fully: