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.
Large meadow valleys and slopes support the widest range of life.
Evergreen forests and mountain lakes sustain life in this chilly, demanding environment.
(Above 11,000 feet)
Life hugs the ground to brace itself from strong winds and cold temperatures.
A long history of flowing ice formed the bowl shaped basins that extend down into the valleys of the park.
Last Updated: 03/30/2015