Alpine Tundra – Rocky Mountain National Park – Grand Lake, Colorado – 06/30/2012

Wow! 11,796 feet above sea level!

It’s a whole different world in the higher elevations of Rocky Mountain National Park!

Gone are the tall trees, lush grasses, and thick patches of flowers; and instead you have rocks, ice, moss, lichens, and other smaller, more fragile vegetation.

Four miles East of the Continental Divide at Milner Pass, the Alpine Visitor Center is the highest elevation of a National Park Visitor Facility!

Even in the middle of Summer, you can be frolicking in your tank tops, shorts, and flip flops in the lower altitudes; but as you climb, you’ll see snow everywhere!

As you exit your car, you’re definitely going to need a few more layers of clothing!

My favorite part of the Alpine ecosystems?

Yellow-Bellied Marmots!

They are so darned cute!

We were watching this pair chase each other!

And, you can see, Trillian loved it so much, she said she felt like she was flying above the rest of the world!

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