Rocky Mountains

Rocky Mountains

Mountain Landscape in Colorado Rocky Mountains, Colorado, United States

The Rocky Mountains, or Rockies, are a major mountain range located in the west side of North America. The Rocky Mountains cover areas from New Mexico to British Columbia, Canada, spanning a massive area of over 3,000 miles! 

Moraine Lake with the Rocky Mountains in Banff Canada

The mountain chain holds a number of nature sanctuaries as well as tourist spots, including Rocky Mountain National Park, and a number of beautiful climbing and mountain recreation towns, including Keystone, Colorado and its popular ski resort, and also Colorado’s beloved Estes Park.

Rocky Mountain National Park Estes Park Colorado

The Rocky Mountains were first formed 80 million to 55 million years ago, caused by the shifting of the Earth’s plates.  They form North America’s Great Divide, or the Continental Divide of the Americas, which is the line at which waters flow either to the Atlantic or Pacific Oceans.

Bear Lake at sunrise

Countries: United States, Canada

State/Province: (from north to south) British Columbia, Alberta, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico

Scenic winter views of the Rocky Mountains, Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, Kananaskis Country Alberta Canada

Major Mountain Ranges: The Rocky Mountains have several major mountain ranges within it, including Brooks Range, the Rocky Mountain System of Canada, Northern Rockies, Middle Rockies, and the Southern Rockies.

Moraine Lake is a glacially-fed lake in Banff National Park 14 km outside of Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada. It is situated in the Valley of the Ten Peaks, at an elevation of approximately 1885 m. | Bjoern Alberts

Highest Peak: Mount Elbert at 14,440 feet / 4,401 meters

The raging Sunwapta Falls in Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies


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