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pinyon-juniper woodland
A pinyon-juniper woodland in winter.

The Natural Scene

The countryside in and around Bandelier National Monument is wholly forested and even in dry months is cool and green. Lying at an elevation of nearly 7,000 feet, about one-third of the monument receives sufficient rain and snow to support a handsome stand of ponderosa pine. Over the remaining two-thirds of the area, where the slopes are too warm and dry for the big pine, the hardy pinyon pine and the juniper produce the "pygmy forest" growth common in the middle elevations of the Southwest.

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