Environmental Factors

Mountains above the clouds


Mother nature is the master builder of the spectacular landscapes and intricate processes that define Rocky. We can be active stewards of the park by understanding the delicate balance that exists between mother nature and human nature.
tundra landscape

Climate Change

The delicate balance of life in the park will be continually shaped by the climate.

Mountain lake

Air Quality

Concentrations of invisible pollutants in the air can reach a tipping point and affect park resources.

Small waterfall

Water Quality

Consistently monitoring water bodies throughout the park is necessary to preserve this vital resource.

Mushroom rocks at Rock Cut


The story of Rocky's foundation is still being written as time passes.

View of a spruce/fir forest

Forest Health

Maintaining natural processes from root to crown helps sustain healthy ecosystems.

Full moon

Night Sky and Natural Sounds

Opportunities for star gazing and quiet solitude compete with Rocky's proximity to Colorado's Front Range.

Beetle killed trees

Environmental Diseases and Pests

Natural diseases are part of the built-in maintenance of Rocky's natural ecosystems.

Roaring River during the September 2013 flood
Extraordinary events can make drastic landscape changes overnight.
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Non-native species in a meadow

Non-native Species

Introduced species can negatively affect those that are naturally found in the park.

Visitors walk down the Alpine Ridge Trail

Human Activities

Our presence in these environments can also affect natural processes.
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Last updated: April 16, 2015

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Estes Park, CO 80517


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