Mystery wild photo

Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park

flickr, jsanders

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.

Those who aren't yet prepared for such a daring adventure can still get a view from its summit via webcam or take a virtual trip via podcast.

Rocky Mountain is a quintessential winter destination for all Americans, attracting many snowshoers and backcountry skiers who can enjoy a quiet journey through the incomparable continental divide.

Unfortunately, Rocky Mountain faced a fair amount of challenges this year, including:

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