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The Rocky Mountains

The Rocky Mountains stretch from Alaska to Mexico, some 2700 miles, forming "the backbone" of North America. This makes the Rockies the longest mountain barrier in the world. It forms the Continental Divide which divides the area that drains into the Atlantic from the area that drains into the Pacific. The park is also home to the highest major highway in North America. The highest point along the highway is 12,183 feet near the Alpine Visitors Center. The park has three distinct ecosystems: The Alpine (above 11,400 feet); Sub-Alpine (9000 to 11,399 feet); and Montane (below 9000 feet). Nearly 1/3 of the park is above 11,400 feet with 72 named peaks over 12,000 feet and Longs Peak which at 14, 259 feet is the northernmost "fourteener" (peak over 14,000 feet in the Rocky Chain.

Wildlife

Wildlife abounds in the beautiful scenery in the park. Bighorn sheep, moose, elk, and a variety of birds live here.

Enjoying the Park

You can enjoy the park by just driving along the main road and stopping at some of the educational and informative pullouts. There are also 350 miles of hiking trails, a variety of camping options and a wide-range of ranger-led activities. Here you see Ranger ferguson giving a very entertaining lecture on the Holzwarth Historic Site inside the park.

  • Last visit to Rocky Mountain National Park: Jul 2009
  • Intro Updated Mar 9, 2010
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  • easterntrekker's Profile Photo
    Dec 10, 2010 at 4:50 PM

    INteresting pages...love the Moose picture..

  • lomi's Profile Photo
    Mar 19, 2010 at 10:19 AM

    Great information about wilderness parts of the world here, I am a city phobic. I am strongly considering the area for a month in August. Do you think there is enough of interest?

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Mar 16, 2010 at 12:08 PM

    Amazing details of this Rocky Mountain National Park. Cheers, SL :)

  • Kaspian's Profile Photo
    Mar 15, 2010 at 8:46 AM

    Holy cow--that's a lot of writing! Ah, the Fergusons are good people--I think I'd switch jobs with him though. And it's weird--chipmunks here look different from the ones in Colarado which are different from the ones in AZ.

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Mar 12, 2010 at 5:24 PM

    Aww...the chipmunk is co cute...hehehe...looks like you've been busy with these tips and great work indeed + great photos! Too bad the Alpines Stop is too busy - magnificent views. Aha - you got a shot of Ranger Chelsea!

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