Undoubtedly the most abundant understory shrub and small tree after Gambel's oak, especially in burn scars. Most of it had finished blooming.
Among over a half-dozen species of lupines which occur in Colfax County, I narrowed this down to either L. caudatus or L. parviflorus.
Mesekelat Conservation Area, beside road
The Fabaceae or Leguminosae commonly known as the legume, pea, or bean family, are a large and economically important family of flowering plants. It includes trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants perennials or annuals, which are easily recognized by their fruit (legume) and their compound, stipulated leaves. The group is widely distributed and is the third-largest land plant family in terms of number of species, behind only the Orchidaceae and Asteraceae, with 730 genera and over 19,400...