Taking the Pulse of the Parks

There are 32 National Park Service Inventory and Monitoring (I&M) Networks across the United States. The Rocky Mountain Network is one of these networks and comprises six National Park Service units located in Colorado and Montana.

Network ecologists monitor key indicators of park health (called "vital signs") to help protect and manage national parks in the Rocky Mountains. Our monitoring is science-based, connected to park management, and long-term (over years and decades). In this way, we help ensure that our national treasures are conserved, unimpaired for future generations.

Learn more about Inventory and Monitoring networks.

Wetland monitoring in Glacier National Park

Our Science

The network monitors vital signs in important park ecosystems including streams, wetlands, grasslands, woodlands/forests, and the alpine.

View of the dunes in Great Sand Dunes National Park.

Our Parks & Partners

The NPS Inventory and Monitoring Program works with 6 parks and many partners to accomplish our monitoring objectives.

Last updated: September 24, 2018