During the late summer and early fall, you can easily spot snakeweed (Gutierrezia microcephala) along the Scenic Drive. This small shrub, roughly one to two feet tall, turns from a green-yellow to an autumn-esque golden yellow color topped off with many small flowers. Snakeweed often grows in disturbed areas, washes, and rock outcrops. Natives used this shrub to create teas to reduce cold symptoms and stomach aches. However, wild and domestic grazing animals do not find this plant palatable.

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