Contributor: Ryann Maginn. Lesson ID: 12359
Where can you find the "highest" number of mountain peaks in North America? How about the deepest cave? The craziest weather? The coolest plants and animals? Lots of fun? Come aboard and find out!
You may be surprised to find out that the Rocky Mountains contain 100 summits (or mountain peaks).
All of these peaks reach up to 12,290 feet of elevation!
The Rocky Mountains are located in the region called, appropriately, the Rocky Mountain Region. Take a look at the map below to see if your state falls in this region:
This region is divided into three sections:
The summits, or mountain peaks, are higher in the Southern Rockies compared to those in the Northern Rockies.
This mountainous region creates what’s known as the Continental Divide. The Continental Divide separates rivers that drain into the Atlantic and Arctic oceans from those draining into the Pacific Ocean.
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For more information about this region of the country, watch Rocky Mountain National Park, from GoTraveler, and take notes of interesting facts you learn while watching:
After watching the video, continue on to the Got It? section for an interactive quiz.
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