Rocky Mountain National Park
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Rocky Mountain National Park encompasses approximately 265,770 acres of land in Colorado's northern Front Range. The park is split by the Continental Divide, which gives the eastern and western portions of the park a different character.
The east side of the park tends to be drier, with heavily glaciated peaks and cirques. The west side of the park is wetter and more lush, with deep forests dominating.
The park is surrounded by Roosevelt National Forest on the north and east, Routt National Forest on the northwest, and Arapaho National Forest on the southwest.
The lowest elevations in the park are montane forests and grassland. Above treeline, at approximately 11,500 feet, trees disappear and the vast alpine tundra takes over.
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The bill that established the area as Rocky Mountain National Park passed Congress and was signed by President Woodrow Wilson on January 26, 1915. A formal dedication ceremony was held on September 4, 1915.
Rocky Mountain National Park features majestic mountain views, a variety of wildlife, varied climates and environments - from wooded forests to mountain tundra.
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