Rocky Mountain National Park
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Aspen Views The Continental Divide

Aspen Views

Continental Divide

Distant Rockies Meadow Views

Distant View of The Rockies

Meadow Views

Rainbow Curve Spectacular Summit Views

View From the Top: Rainbow Curve

Spectacular Summit View: Rainbow Curve

Winding Roads to the Summit
Nearing the Summit

Road Winds to Summit Lookout

Nearing the Summit
Steep Cliffs and Sheer Drops

Unforgettable Views

Summit Lookout: Once Glaciated Rockies Offer Unforgettable Views


The following photos were taken from a Recreational Vehicle, while in motion. Please excuse the auto parts that appear in some pictures, along with the glare from window glass. Trail Ridge Road is so narrow in spots at the higher elevations that there is no place at all to pull over in order to take pictures. This was the only way to preserve the memories of this awe inspiring National Park with its incredible mountain vistas.

Climbing to High Elevations Precipitous Cliffs

Climbing to elevations between 12,000-14,000 feet

Glaciated Features Draw Nearer
Cliffs become more precipitous.

At High Elevations Snow Covered Peaks

Almost as high as one can go!

Snow Covered Peaks
Now a traveling companion

Glacial Cirques and Aretes
last Glimpse of the Rockies

Glacial Cirques and Aretes
are visible from the summits.

Final pullout for a last glimpse
of the Rockies

Leaving Rocky Mountain National Park

Leaving Rocky Mountain National Park
Local wildlife bids "Farewell".

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For information about ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK:

National Park Service Information Page
The "Unofficial Rocky Mountain Homepage"
The above site also posts information about lodging.

About ESTES PARK, headquarters for Rocky Mt National Park:

ESTES PARK ONLINE
The Estes Park site includes a skycam.

GEOLOGY and ECOLOGY Of The Rocky Mountains:
National Park Service Website
Rocky Mountains

Interested in BOTANY?
Learn more about Colorado ASPENS:
Aspen Trees
Southern Rocky Mountain Steppe
The Aspen Project
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ARETE:
A narrow, jagged mountain crest, often above the snowline, sculptured by alpine glaciers and formed by backward erosion of adjoining cirque walls.

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ASPEN:
Aspen (tree), common name for certain related trees (see Poplar), particularly the so-called quaking aspens, several species of which have the petioles, or leafstalks, so compressed that the leaves can move easily from side to side but not up or down. A breeze sets all leaves of one of these trees into motion. The most familiar species are the American aspen, found in North America; the large-toothed aspen, found in eastern Canada and the United States; and the European aspen, found in Europe, western Asia, and northern Africa. Scientific classification: Aspens belong to the genus Populus, of the family Salicaceae. The American aspen is classified as Populus tremuloides, the large-toothed aspen as Populus grandidentata, and the European aspen as Populus tremula.
credits:http://encarta.msn.com/find/Concise.asp?ti=053B9000

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CIRQUE:
semicircular, concave, bowl-like area with steep face primarily resulting from erosive activity of a mountain glacier.

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CONTINENTAL DIVIDE:
(or Great Divide), watershed in Rocky Mountain region between streams flowing toward the Atlantic and those flowing toward the Pacific.
credits:
http://www.statlab.iastate.edu/soils/nssh/629.htm
http://www.comptons.com/encyclopedia/ARTICLES/0325/03318272_Q.html#top

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For information on the role GLACIATION played in the sculpting of the Rocky Mountains, please visit the following websites:
http://www.americanparknetwork.com/parkinfo/rm/geology/index.html
http://www2.nature.nps.gov/grd/parks/icag/index.htm

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TRAIL RIDGE ROAD:
Easily, Trail Ridge Road is the most popular road in the Rocky Mountain National Park region. It is also the highest continually paved highway in the United States, peaking at just over 12,100 feet above sea level. The road travels through several climactic zones, and gives travelers the unique opportunity to experience alpine tundra first-hand. Be careful, however, as the tundra is a fragile place. Atop Trail Ridge Road is the Alpine Visitors Center, which includes a snack bar, gift shop and exhibits staffed with Park rangers. Beyond that is Milner Pass, where the road crosses the Continental Divide. Trail ridge road can be easily reached via Estes Park or Grand Lake. The higher reaches are generally closed for much of the year due to high snowfall. The National Park Service tries to open the road by Memorial Day each year, and the road stays open until late September or early October. Throughout this time, the road may temporarily close due to high winds or snow. The high elevations may cause altitude sickness in some people, or may aggravate heart or lung troubles. Also, beware afternoon thunderstorms and the lightning they carry.
credits: http://estes.on-line.com/rmnp/rmnp-rds.html

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