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The Coconino Plateau lies south of Grand Canyon Village and the South Rim of the Grand Canyon in Coconino County, and primarily north of Interstate 40 and east of Arizona State Route 64. Much of it is protected within the Kaibab National Forest.
The native plant vegetation in the forest areas varies by elevation and exposure. Principal tree species are Ponderosa pine, Douglas-fir, pinyon pine, and juniper. They provide cover and food for a diversity of wildlife. As elevation decreases, trees give way to bitter brush (Purshia tridentata) and sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata).
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