The Awesome Rocky Mountains in 10 Epic Photos

The Rockies encompasses over 100 independent mountain ranges that stretch across 3,000 miles (4,830 km) from the northern tip of British Columbia, Canada, to New Mexico, USA. The area is known for its great scenic beauty and rich wildlife.

Mount Loraine, Rocky Mountains

The mountains reflect off Moraine Lake in Banff National Park located in Alberta, Canada. Although the Rocky Mountains reach high above sea level, inclines are generally not very steep and little mountaineering expertise is needed.

The path to the summit of Colorado‘s Mount Elbert, the highest peak in the range at 14,440 ft. (4401m), can even be traversed on a mountain bike!

The path to the summit of Colorado‘s Mount Elbert, the highest peak in the range at 14,440 ft. (4401m), can even be traversed on a mountain bike!

Silhouette snowboarder jumping high in the air

A snowboarder in Colorado takes advantage of the fresh powder to get some air.

Colorful lake and burnt trees in Yellowstone National Park

A colourful lake contrasts strongly with burnt trees in Yellowstone National Park. The colourful deposits are due to the presence of high concentrations of bacteria that thrive in boiling hot temperatures.

Macro image of Rocky Mountains gemstone ammolite

Blackfoot Indians in the Canadian Rockies discovered ammolite, a fossilized shell and one of earth’s rarest gemstones, and named it “Buffalo Stone”. This unusual treasure is found only on the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains. Over 90% of the world’s ammolite supply originates from Canada. The largest market for this gem is Japan, where Feng Shui specialists believe that it can improve a person’s health and bestow prosperity. Ammolite is also flogged as a counterfeit of prized black opal.

Grizzly bear catching salmon

Numerous national parks in the US and Canada safeguard the fauna and flora that inhabit the huge expanse of the Rocky Mountains.

A majestic elk leaps gracefully down a rugged hillside in the warm evening sunlight

Many animals take refuge among the secluded, rocky slopes. A majestic elk leaps gracefully down a rugged hillside in the warm evening sunlight.

Rocky Mountaineer, a Canadian tour company, operates North America’s busiest privately owned passenger train and has carried over a million travellers since 1990. None of the coaches contain beds and the train schedules only run during daylight hours. This allows passengers to fully experience the magnificent landscape as they travel across regions that cannot be traversed by any other means.

Rocky Mountaineer, a Canadian tour company, operates North America’s busiest privately owned passenger train and has carried over a million travellers since 1990. None of the coaches contain beds and the train schedules only run during daylight hours. This allows passengers to fully experience the magnificent landscape as they travel across regions that cannot be traversed by any other means.

A red fox pup peers from a log hole

A red fox pup peers from a log hole.

Angry wolverine in deep snow

Solitary and ferocious wolverines live in secluded regions of the mountain range, predominantly on the Canadian side. While roughly the size of a Cocker Spaniel, this mammal can defend itself against much bigger predators. With powerful limbs and menacing claws, wolverines are considered the strongest mammals in relation to their their size.