All of Rocky's features are inseparably connected. Elemental forces of sky and earth still shape the sturdy rock foundation that supports life up to 14,000 feet above sea level. Riparian (wetland) ecosystems speckled across the lower elevations of the park contain lush plant life and dense wildlife. As you move higher, the landscape gives way to evergreen forests and high mountain lakes. Topping out on the alpine tundra reveals a harsh land where life nestles close to the ground in one of the earth's most extreme environments.
Many animals can be found in every ecosystem of the park. Each one plays a specific role in the ongoing performance of survival.
A bright color spectrum is found amidst the classic greenery of the park. Plants can be large or small.
Let's break it down. The elemental forces of air, water, earth and sky are the building blocks of the park.
Natural Features and Ecosystems
Elevation defines what unique features are present in three ecosystems that make Rocky the nation's highest national park.
Last updated: March 18, 2019