Destination: Rocky Mountain National Park (Part 1: Alpine Tundra)

Entering the Alpine Tundra Ecosystem

Entering the Alpine Tundra Ecosystem

Unhealthy obsession with Canada? Check.

Ancestrally, I’m half Canadian (French y’all!) so this may be the culprit. One part of Canada I’ve always wanted to see (in addition to all the other parts of Canada) is the Arctic Tundra, but you can’t access this treeless land it until you get way (like, way) north. This will probably never happen for me.

No worries. While in Colorado, I found out Rocky Mountain National Park has its own tundra, the Alpine Tundra Ecosystem, lying above the tree line of the park’s tallest mountains. Driving up Trail Ridge Road you can’t miss the changing landscape or the popular Ute Trail, used by prehistoric people as a pass over the mountains in the summer.

Ute Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park

Ute Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park

So, dreams do come true. Here I am getting all tundra’d up and realizing my eco-friendly vision of a treeless world:

Alpine Tundra selfie!

Tundra selfie!

But hold on, because adding to the glitz and glamour of this land were marmots. Marmots everywhere. These are “land beavers” if you ask me or anyone under 9 years old, and I caught a nice shot of an especially fat one:

Marmot in Rocky Mountain National Park

Fatty marmot wants a handout

Learn more about Rocky Mountain National Park’s Alpine Tundra here.

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One thought on “Destination: Rocky Mountain National Park (Part 1: Alpine Tundra)

  1. Pingback: Destination: Rocky Mountain National Park (Part 2: The Rest of it) | Colette Kay

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