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Colorado – Rocky Mountain National Park: Alpine Visitor Center
Colorado Mats
Image by wallyg
The Alpine Visitor Center, at an elevation of 11,796-feet along Trail Ridge Road in the Tundra Protection Area, is located at Fall River Pass, the dividing point between the Fall River and Cache la Poudre River drainages. The log frame visitor’s center is reinforced with heavy logs attached to the roof, which support the structure and catch snow, which helps prevent shingles from being blown away. Exhibits offer a primer on the climate, plants and animals of the alpine tundra. At the back of the building, a viewing platform overlooks a broad, glacially-carved basin covered with thick mats of sedges, grass, wildflowers, low shrubs, islands of dwarf subalpine fir, and, often, a small herd of elk.

Colorado – Rocky Mountain National Park: Alpine Visitor Center
Colorado Mats
Image by wallyg
The Alpine Visitor Center, at an elevation of 11,796-feet along Trail Ridge Road in the Tundra Protection Area, is located at Fall River Pass, the dividing point between the Fall River and Cache la Poudre River drainages. The log frame visitor’s center is reinforced with heavy logs attached to the roof, which support the structure and catch snow, which helps prevent shingles from being blown away. Exhibits offer a primer on the climate, plants and animals of the alpine tundra. At the back of the building, a viewing platform overlooks a broad, glacially-carved basin covered with thick mats of sedges, grass, wildflowers, low shrubs, islands of dwarf subalpine fir, and, often, a small herd of elk.