Rocky Mountain National Park

In 1915, Rocky Mountain National Park was established in north-central Colorado to preserve one of the most scenic stretches of the southern Rocky Mountains and to protect the alpine tundra that encompasses one-third of the park. Elevations range from 7,700 feet in the montane ecosystem to the summit of Longs Peak at 14,259 feet. These different elevations and ecosystems have marked differences in wildlife and vegetation. The Continental Divide traverses the park, also delineating species and ecosystems between the generally drier east slope and wetter west slope. Over 900 native and over 100 non-native vascular plant species are found in the park.


Plants to Monitor

Want to help? It’s easy. Choose from the plants below and track when they flower, leaf out or set seed.

Alpine forget-me-not
Eritrichium nanum
American pasqueflower
Pulsatilla patens
Prunus virginiana
Colorado blue columbine
Aquilegia caerulea
Darkthroat shootingstar
Dodecatheon pulchellum
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi
Moss campion
Silene acaulis
Ponderosa pine
Pinus ponderosa
Quaking aspen
Populus tremuloides
Woods' rose
Rosa woodsii

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