ROCKY MOUNTAIN

National Park

From the mighty elk to rare boreal toads, Rocky Mountains National Park protects animals of the high south-central continental divde. Elk number about 1000 in the park, and are easily seen. Moose are more rare, found primarily in the kawaneeche valley. Bighorn sheep are fond of coming to mineral licks in horseshoe park. Mountain lions are fairly common, but as is also true of bobcats, secretive and rarely seen. Black bears thrive in the parks lower forests. Hardy ptarmigan remain active at higher elevations through the winter, as do pikas. Ptarmigan, snowshoe hares, and ermine blend with the season, whitening in winter. Marmots and ground squirrels sleep deeply then, but are easily seen during the summer. Greenback Cutthroat Trout have been restored to many lakes and streams, where they feed on a rich insect fauna.

Type Of Plants In The Rockies

Wildflowers of the Rocky Mountains

The distribution of vegetation in the rocky mountains correlates directly to elevational changes, which influence the temperature and availability of moisture. Different plant communities characterize each zone (such as foothill, montane, subalpine, and alpine) from the base of a mountain to the top, and each zone may contain several types of plant communities. More than 5000 plant species occur in the rocky mountains. The wildflowers begin to bloom in the early spring, as soon as the snow starts to melt. The peak bloom season is mid-summer. This collection highlights some of the most common wildflowers found in the rocky mountains.

The Natives

Rocky Mountain Indian life is deeply moving, filled with pride , honor, and traditions. Besides stirring natural wonders and seemingly endless landscapes, the Northern Rockies boast a rich, fascinating past.
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