Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park
Can you guess where this wild photo was taken?
Hint: It's of the highest mountain in Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park.
Did you guess Longs Peak? If so you were right. At an elevation of 14,259 feet, Longs Peak is a popular challenge for experienced climbers who must brave its cold rocky cliffs.
Unfortunately, Rocky Mountain faced a fair amount of challenges this year, including:
- sequester budget cuts that caused the park to cut staff and reduce visitor center hours
- historic floods that damaged trails and entrance routes to the park
- the government shutdown, which prompted the state to spend about $200,000 to operate the park for the last six days
But nothing can stop this park from fulfilling its mission, perhaps demonstrated best by the park rangers who plow snow drifts every year as high as 30 feet on Trail Ridge Road, the highest paved road in America.
Logo courtesy of NPS