Vegetation Inventory and Map for Rocky Mountain National Park

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Hallett Peak and Dream Lake

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Rocky Mountain National Park encompasses 417 square miles in north central Colorado, and lies on the eastern slope of the southern Rocky Mountains. The Park lies within the Dry Domain, Temperate Steppe Division and Southern Rocky Mountain Steppe – Open Woodland – Coniferous Forest – Alpine Meadow Province. This ecoregion is characterized by dramatic vertical zonation of vegetation. This zonation is a consequence of abrupt elevational gradients between flatlands and mountains.

The Rocky Mountain National Park Vegetation Inventory Project delivers many geospatial and vegetation data products, including an in-depth project report discussing methods and results, which include descriptions to vegetation associations, field keys to vegetation associations, map classification, and map-class descriptions. The suite of products also includes a database of vegetation plots, and accuracy assessment (AA) sites; digital images of field sites; digital aerial imagery; digital maps; a contingency table listing AA results; and a geodatabase of vegetation, field sites (vegetation plots, and AA sites), aerial imagery, project boundary, and metadata.


The products of vegetation mapping projects are stored and managed in the National Park Service's Data Store, a repository for documents and publications relating to park resources. From the highlighted items below, click on the type of information you are looking for.

Last updated: October 19, 2018