Rocky Mountain Region
Lupine and other wildflowers bloom in profusion on the Bighorn National Forest in Wyoming. Photo by Jim Hughes.
The Rocky Mountain Region of the U.S. Forest Service includes eleven national forests and grasslands in Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Kansas. The ecological and biological diversity on these lands is amazing: ranging from the many peaks above 14,000 feet in elevation down from alpine tundra, through coniferous and aspen forests, to pinyon-juniper and sagebrush, or expansive grasslands as low as 2,500 feet. Wildflower viewing opportunities abound. Peak blooming season generally progresses from lower to higher elevations.
Wildflower Viewing Areas for the Rocky Mountain Region
Rare Plant Conservation Success Stories
Cary's Beardtongue (Penstemon caryi). Bighorn National Forest. Wyoming. Photo by Andrew Kratz.
Wheel Milkweed (Asclepias uncialis). Pike & San Isabel NF. Colorado. Photo by Steve Olson.
Rocky Mountain Thistle (Cirsium perplexans). White River National Forest. Colorado. Photo by Phil Nyland.