From Indian Paintbrush and Lupine, to the tiny, delicate flowers found in the alpine tundra and even mushrooms on the forest floor, summer brings an abundance of color to Rocky Mountain National Park.
The Park has been called "a wildflower enthusiast's paradise". More than 1,000 species of flowering plants can be found all the way from the lower elevations of the montane forests, to the alpine "circum-polar artic flowers" of the tundra.
Wildflower color peaks at different times at different altitudes and depending on each year's weather patterns, but usually the tundra flowers are out toward the end of July.
Natural History seminars put on by Rocky Mountain Conservancy will help you learn more about plants and how to identify flowers, shrubs, and trees, native Americans plant traditions, and mountain ecology. There's a whole new set of techniques to learn to photograph the micro-beauty of wildflowers.
As you approach Beaver Meadows Entrance. spectacular ice-carved peaks along the Continental Divide come into view. In June and July, meadows around the entrance station are awash with the color of wildflowers---yellow arnica. cinquefoil, blue penstemon. white miners candle, and many others. Earlier in the spring, lavender pasque flowers. white candytuft, and lilac-pink Easter daisies dot the hillsides.