What Are Some Interesting Facts About the Rocky Mountain Region?

One interesting fact about the Rocky Mountains is that it is actually series of over 100 separate mountain ranges, not just one continuous mountain chain. Another interesting fact is that the mountains themselves are not particularly high; though most peaks are around 14,000 feet above sea level, the land below them is already 4,000 to 6,000 feet above sea level. A final interesting fact is that the Rocky Mountain region houses over 66 different mammal species.

The approximate combined length of all the mountain ranges that make up the Rocky Mountain region is about 3,000 miles, spanning six U.S. states and two Canadian provinces. The southern boundary of the region is in central New Mexico, while the northern boundary of the region is the Liard River in Canada.

The tallest mountain in the Rocky Mountain range is Mount Elbert at an elevation of 14,433 feet. Though a more popular mountain for tourists to visit, Pikes Peak is only the 31st highest in the range with an elevation of 14,100 feet.

The 66 mammal species in the Rocky Mountains include rare animals such as the wolverine and the lynx. Due to the number of climates through which the long mountain range stretches, wildlife varies greatly in different locations. Some examples of other unique Rocky Mountain region wildlife include bighorn sheep, coyotes, elk, black bears and mountain lions.