Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Rocky Mountain National Park encompasses approximately 265,770 acres of land in Colorado's northern Front Range. The park is split by the Continental Divide, which gives the eastern and western portions of the park a different character. The east side of the park tends to be drier, with heavily glaciated peaks and cirques. The west side of the park is wetter and more lush, with deep forests dominating

The park contains 359 miles of trails, 150 lakes, and 450 miles of streams. The park contains over 60 named peaks higher than 12,000 feet, and over one fourth of the park resides above tree line. The highest point of the park is Longs Peak, which rises to 14,259 feet above sea level.

We found some Elk sunning in a meadow

There are 5 active glaicers at Rocky Mountain Park, you can see some from the Trail Ridge Road at nearly 12,000 ft above sea level.

This is where the Colorado river begins its trip to the Gulf of California

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