I have spent a lot of time in the Rocky Mountains and I absolutely love them! I love wandering along a mountain stream, listening to the birds chirping in a pine forest, and sitting in a field of wildflowers in a high mountain cirque. Most of all, I love to climb to the tops of the ridges and peaks of the Rockies. There is no feeling quite like being above treeline in a world of rock, ice, and snow. It feels as if you are on top of the world.
Rocky Mountain Nature Facts
Welcome to the wonderful world of the Rocky Mountains. The Rocky Mountains are a major mountain range in the western United States. The Rocky Mountains stretch more than 3,000 miles from the northern most part of British Columbia in western Canada down to New Mexico in the United States. Here is a map showing the Rockies.
Contrary to how it sounds, the Rocky Mountains are not just one continuous mountain range, but actually consist of many separate mountain ranges some of which are: the Mackenzie and Selwyn Ranges in Canada, the Lewis and Bitterroot Ranges in Idaho, the Wind River range in Wyoming, the Wasatch range in Idaho and Utah, the Uinta Mountains in Utah, and the Front range and San Juan Mountains in Colorado. Altogether these ranges and many others make up the Rocky Mountains.
These mountains contain many of the highest peaks in North America, which are over 14,000 feet high. At 14,440 feet, Mount Elbert is the highest peak in the Rockies. It is located in central Colorado south of Vail and east of Aspen. The Continental Divide is also located in the Rockies. It is the point at which water either flows west to the Pacific Ocean or east to the Atlantic Ocean. This is not one particular point, but is like a long line that follows along ridges and peaks from the south to the north.
This huge mountain range is home to a wide range of flora and fauna. It is possible to see everything from large mammals such as a moose to a tiny ladybug, or from the iconic bald eagle soaring above evergreens to fields of lupine.