The Rocky Mountains

The Rocky Mountains

I’ve always loved the name: The Rocky Mountains or The Rockies. Talk about calling something exactly what it is. Native Americans, in a very loose translation, called it a ‘mass of rocks’.  The Rockies extend from the Liard River in British Columbia south to the Rio Grande in New Mexico. The width of the Rockies varies anywhere from 70 to 300 miles. The Rockies are made up of a number of ranges, some with familiar names like the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in New Mexico and Colorado and the Wind River Mountains in Wyoming.  As for elevation, here’s a quote: The range’s highest peak is Mount Elbert located in Colorado at 14,440 feet (4,401 m) above sea level. Mount Robson in British Columbia, at 12,972 feet (3,954 m), is the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. (Source)

Note: Much of this blog contains general information about the Rocky Mountains. But the photos are all of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. 

Here’s a video featuring Colorado Rocky Mountain National Park, including trail hikes, lakes, waterfalls and wildlife. Go here.

FunFacts about The Rocky Mountains (Source) (Source)

  • The Rocky Mountains are 76 million years old.
  • The Rockies house the Continental Divide. This is where rivers flow either toward the Atlantic and Arctic or toward the Pacific.
  • The Rocky Mountains contains over 100 separate mountain ranges.
  • The Rocky Mountains traverse New Mexico, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah and Colorado, and extend into British Columbia and Alberta, Canada.
  • The Rockies are approximately 3,000 miles long.
  • The Rockies hold several national parks.
  • The national parks in Canada are: Banff, Kootenay, Yoho and Jasper, Mount Robson, Mount Assiniboine and Hamber.
  • The U.S. parks are: Rocky Mountain National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Glacier National Park and the Royal Gorge Park, among others.

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25 thoughts on “The Rocky Mountains

  1. I can’t decide which photo I like the best,they are all very pretty. The 1st one with the trees in call is pretty. I especially like the mountain goats.

  2. I like the first picture as well, but they are all amazing. So much to see in our country and so many of us will never get to go there. Thank goodness for pictures!

    • Donna,
      I’m with you 100 percent! There are so many beauties on this planet. Thank goodness for photos!

      Buckeye, Arizona USA

  3. Although these mountains are truly majestic, I love the very top picture of the mountain side with no snow pictured. I know you are living in a desert climate but up north I have seen enough snow to last my lifetime. Thank you for sharing the fun facts about the mountains.

  4. the Rockies are amazing! these pics are beautiful but theres nothing like seeing them in person. ive seen them like 3-4 times and its awe-inspiring every time, takes my breath away.

  5. I grew up near Boulder, Colorado and the mountain range is impressive in person. The wildlife is extensive and the views are fabulous. I think I am a little homesick. Thanks for the photos.

  6. Breathtaking photos! I just love the Rockies! I would love to hike through the whole range some day. My aunt moved to Vail a few years ago and I definitely visit her more often just for the chance to hike and explore!

  7. The Rocky Mountains in my opinion are one of the most beautiful places I can think of and I simply cannot pick one picture to like lol. I would love to visit various stops along the Rockies. I want to take a train across the US, one day maybe I will be able to just pack up and go and never look back.

  8. I am lucky enough to live on the west side of The Rockies, in Utah. I’m actually on the west side of Utah Lake, on a hill, so my view out my family room window is of Utah Lake and The Rockies. I sometimes take for granted how beautiful they are because I’ve seen them every day of my life. Thank you for sharing the facts, and the beautiful pictures, to remind me of how incredible they really are.

  9. Beautiful photos.
    The environmental diversity in our country is amazing to say the least.

    The geological forces that created the Rockies is very interesting. I watch many documentaries on world geology since I”m a rock collector.

    It’s a wonder any animal can survive there during the winter.

  10. The Rookies are the only part of Montana that I liked. The rest was just too flat. 😀 Yes, I have seen the Rocky Mountains. Traveled across them more than once. Usually the northern Rookies – Idaho and Montana, but there was a time or two we drove the middle part of the country – Utah and Colorado. Totally awesome. Some radical switch-backs and places where it is straight up on one side of the road and straight down on the other. Beautiful country.

    One year we were coming to Michigan, from Seattle, for a family wedding in June. We barely made it over one of the passes before it closed due to a blizzard. I teased my niece about braving a snow storm to make it to her June wedding. I have pictures of the front of my car caked in snow. Crazy!

    All the pictures are awesome. Thank you for sharing.

    • Pansy,
      As with Melanie, I’m glad you made it! I would have been scared to death. Good roads or not, a blizzard is a blizzard.

      Buckeye, Arizona USA

  11. I lived in Oregon for five years as a child and those pictures bring back so many memories. It’s so beautiful there and someday I shall make it my home again. Thanks for sharing them.

  12. What an amazing mountain range. My grandma has some awesome photos that she took from everyone of the National Parks that are located in the U.S. I have driven through the Rockies in the middle of winter with a Nissan Pulsar and the damn car couldn’t handle the incline lol. I could only do 30 miles an hour in the slow/truck lane. The truckers were not happy and I was freaked out to the max haha, but I made it up and over eventually.

      • Believe me Caris…the haha is only after the fact lol. I was completely scared out of my mind! I was only 18 and moving across country from Massachusetts to California. We had my 100 pound husky King Rusty in the back and probably 300 dollars to our name. Needless to say this trip was a disaster all around and we moved right back home after a few days, but it was such a learning experience and an adventure lol.

  13. Yes, I have been to the Rockies. Drove through them multiple times. Looked into moving but it is not a cheap place to live. Maybe some day. Combine the cabin with the lake picture and that is what I would love.

  14. The last photo is almost unreal. I have never been to the Rockies but hope to go there some day. I could live there. I am from Ga.

  15. I was born and raised in Colorado and am familiar with all of the beautiful mountains there. My Grandfather raised cattle near Aspen which was a small town that only the locals knew was there.
    Here are a couple of facts …
    There are 15 mountains there over 14,000 feet. Most were named for colleges-Harvard, Yale, Princeton and others. On Mt Holy Cross, the snow stays year round and the crevices are filled with snow and they form a cross. So pretty.
    Also, the lowest elevation in Colorado is still higher than any place on the Eastern seacoast.

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