• Photo of early morning clouds hanging low in the valley with mountains of the Continental Divide stretched out above. NPS Photo/Schonlau

    Rocky Mountain

    National Park Colorado

Natural Features & Ecosystems

trees and mountain scenery

Rocky Mountain National Park is the highest national park in the nation, with elevations from 7,860 feet to 14,259 feet. Glaciers have carved out areas where three distinct ecosystems are now found.

Wildflower meadow and mountains

(5,600-9,500 feet)

Large meadow valleys and slopes support the widest range of life.

Mountain lake

(9,000-11,000 feet)

Evergreen forests and mountain lakes sustain life in this chilly, demanding environment.

alpine tundra

(Above 11,000 feet)

Life hugs the ground to brace itself from strong winds and cold temperatures.

Andrew's glacier


A long history of flowing ice formed the bowl shaped basins that extend down into the valleys of the park.

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