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How Lewis & Clark Crossed the Rocky Mountains

It is nothing short of a tragedy to find just how little appreciation is given to the momentous feats of the souls who came before us, upon whose legs and backs our country came into its rightful greatness. The Lewis & Clark expedition of 1804 – 1806 is one such feat. In our world of …

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Mount Elbert: The Highest Peak in the Rocky Mountains

In the deep heart of the Rocky Mountains, just south of the alpine town of Leadville, a mountain known locally as the “Gentle Giant” overlooks snow-capped ranks of lesser peaks and hills. This is where she has lived for about thirty million years, and with any luck, the next thirty million years isn’t going to …

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How Big are the Rocky Mountains?

If you spend as much time as we do thinking about mountains, then there is a good chance that you have asked yourself the most pressing question that there is about any mountain, which is, quite simply, How Big is it? Our fascination with mountain landscapes is no doubt due to the sense of majesty and …

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Fun Facts about the Rocky Mountains

There runs through the heart of our country a mighty spine of rock … a jagged 3,000 mile wonder that separates the Great Plains from the Western Plateau, and the deserts of New Mexico from the woodlands of Canada. Truly, this is the Purple Mountain Majesty that we sing of, and the Rocky Mountain High that has …

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The Alpine Glaciers of the Rocky Mountains

No matter where you look in the Rocky Mountains, you are likely to see the handiwork of alpine glacial activity somewhere in the area. As a force of steady erosion, glaciers are significantly responsible for the iconic shape of the Rocky Mountains, in which sharp and narrow ridgelines are separated by wide, “scooped out” valleys. …

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More Facts About the Rocky Mountains

Whether you’re looking to learn more about that Purple Mountain Majesty that everyone is singing about or you are simply in need of a way to keep your brain fresh for the next few minutes, we are happy to provide you with the next installment of interesting, unknown, and quirky facts about one of the …

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How Old Are the Rocky Mountains?

If your dad was answering this question, he would probably just say, “old.” And leave it at that. But an answer like this is meaningless to the thoughtful mountaineer, geologist, or outdoor enthusiast with an active mind. The real answer is a bit harder to pin down. The real answer, it turns out, it all …

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The States & Provinces of the North American Rocky Mountains

As the second longest mountain range in the world, the Rocky Mountains are quite good at covering distance. From their northern terminus in Canada to their southern end in New Mexico, the Rocky Mountains stretch for just over 3,000 miles. This allows them to grace a number of different American states and Canadian provinces. While …

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What Makes the Canadian Rockies So Unique

Anytime you are starting a conversation about a 3,000 mile stretch of mountains, you are bound to run into some variations. After all, the expansive collection of peaks and valleys that we call The Rocky Mountains is actually an ensemble of different climates, ecosystems, and geological oddities. In particular, the Canadian Rockies present some unique …

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Denver, Colorado: Gateway to the Central Rocky Mountains

On the westernmost shore of the great American plain, the city of Denver sits like a sentry, guarding the central Rocky Mountain region like an old military fort, offering westward travelers one final opportunity to replenish their supplies before spiriting off into the hills for one adventure or another. At least, that is what this …

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