Sunlit Longs Peak
November 30, 2022
At 14,259 feet, Longs Peak towers above all other summits in Rocky Mountain National Park ... and is the first to get the sun's rays on any clear blue sky day before the sunlight slowly coats other mountains down to shadow free valleys and plains. The flat-topped monarch is seen from almost anywhere in the park. Different angles show the great mountain's unique profiles.
Rocky Mountain National Park includes some of the highest mountains in the continental United States. The top third of the park encompasses the alpine tundra, a windswept land above the trees. Landscapes on either side of the Continental Divide feature alpine lakes, forested valleys and a wide range of plants and animals. Iconic summer thunderstorms and persistent winter winds are among the forces that continue to shape this majestic landscape.
Image created by USA Patriotism! from U.S. National Park Service photo.