Monument Canyon, used on a seasonal basis by the Ute Indians for their hunting/gathering lifestyle, holds many wonders for those who hike its trail. As you walk down into the canyon, notice the different layers of rock which corresponds to a different geological time with the dark-colored rock at the bottom being roughly 1.5 billion years old.
Watch your step in this semi-arid climate. You may see a crumbly, black soil crust which in fact a community of living organisms. Most of the animals in the desert do not venture out in the daytime, as temperatures can be scorching during the summer, but stay cool in their burrows or other shelters and emerge at dusk when temperatures drop.