Seasons in Rocky Mountain National Park (07:48)
Starting in September, storms clouds roll in, covering the peaks in snow and freezing everything below. The highest peaks are in arctic conditions once winter hits. After seven months, the snow and ice melt and fill the mountain streams in the park.
Water in Rocky Mountain National Park (03:42)
The Continental Divide sends the melt water in Rocky Mountain National Park to the Pacific or Atlantic Oceans. The head waters of the Colorado River begin the park. Moose live off the vegetation and aquatic plants.
Elk in Rocky Mountain National Park (07:32)
In fall, elk perform mating rituals in the park. Visitors gather to watch the elk as bucks pursue cows. A park ranger tells the story of an indecisive buck.
Water Sources in Mesa Verde National Park (06:49)
About 600 cliff dwellings built by the Pueblo people remain in Mesa Verde National Park. There are no streams or rivers in the area, so rain and groundwater were the only sources of water for the Pueblo.
Creeks in Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve (07:57)
The sand dunes in Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve relay on water from creeks, such as the Medano and Sand Creeks. The creeks wrap around the dunes, holding them in place. The water supply comes from melt water in the nearby mountains.
Conditions at the Colorado National Monument (08:02)
The Colorado National Monument is a semi-desert environment that receives little rainfall, so plants and animals have adapted. Juniper trees and desert bighorn sheep have learned to survive in the harsh conditions.
Gunnison River at Black Canyon (08:39)
The Gunnison River starts as a small stream in the mountains and flows to cut through some of the hardest rock in the world in Black Canyon. The river flows rapidly and descends quickly through the canyon.
Credits: Heart of the World: Colorado's National Parks - Part 2 (00:29)
Credits: Heart of the World: Colorado's National Parks - Part 2
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