Rocky Mountain National Park

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Park History

The Rocky Mountains where home to Native Americans for around 10,000 years. It was also home to some Euro-American settlers. The park was created on January 26, 1915 when Woodrow Wilson signed it into law. Archaeologists have found evidence of human life all over the park. Historic buildings remain there from when the park was founded.
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Temperatures are moderate at lower elevations but in the higher elevations they are much lower and it can receive snowfall in July. During the winter the higher elevations will receive lots of snowfall and sudden blizzards and deep snow pack. Precipitation is frequent and common in the Rocky Mountains. The summers are warm but can have sudden temperature drops later in the day. The average yearly temperature is 43 degrees Fahrenheit.

Geological Points of Interest

There are various scenic drives you can take to view the forests and peaks of the Rocky Mountains. Some points of interest are Emerald and Bear lake, Alluvial Fan, and Alberta Falls are a few.
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There is diverse wildlife in the Rocky Mountains. Elk are the highest populated of all the species here. Bighorn sheep, moose, otter,marmots are common here. Mule deer are also all over. Snowshoe hares, ptarmigan, bobcats, mountain lions, various birds.
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The Rocky Mountains contain lots of plant life. Conifer trees can be found blanketing areas all around the park. Mixed in are deciduous trees also, especially by streams. There are shrubs providing food for some of the wildlife, wildflowers like the Mountain Bell can be found in meadows throughout the park.

Problems Faced

Climate change is seen as a big problem in the park because of the increase of industrial activity since the 1850s which affects all the living things in the park because of the frequent temperature changes that many animals and plants can't handle. The park always problems with the occasional littering and destruction or tampering with nature. Some guests have tried to tamper with animals to which causes problems.

Outdoor Activities

You can hike the trails or snowshoe, sledding is allowed in the Hidden valley, scenic drives, wildlife viewing, ranger-led tours, and backcountry camping.
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