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The annual rise and fall of the Yampa River in Dinosaur National Monument defines a unique ecosystem where cacti bloom in unison with wild roses and sunflowers along the river bank.

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Rise and fall of the Yampa River defines a unique ecosystem

The invisible rock stars of the animal kingdom in Yampa Canyon are the endangered fish like the razorback sucker and the Colorado pikeminnow that occupy the top of the food chain but are rarely glimpsed by humans in part because they live their lives in the opaque silt-laden waters of the Yampa River.

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