Flat Tops (Colorado)

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The Flat Tops
Flattops
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The Flat Tops as seen from State Highway 131 in Routt County
Highest point
Peak Flat Top Mountain
Elevation 12,361 ft (3,768 m)
Coordinates 39°55′45″N107°18′17″W / 39.92915°N 107.30478°W / 39.92915; -107.30478 Coordinates: 39°55′45″N107°18′17″W / 39.92915°N 107.30478°W / 39.92915; -107.30478
Geography
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The Flat Tops
Location in Colorado
CountryUnited States
StateColorado
Parent range Rocky Mountains

Flat Tops is a mountain range located in Colorado within the Routt and White River National Forests. [1] The area is home to one hundred and ten ponds and lakes. [2]

Colorado State of the United States of America

Colorado is a state of the Western United States encompassing most of the southern Rocky Mountains as well as the northeastern portion of the Colorado Plateau and the western edge of the Great Plains. It is the 8th most extensive and 21st most populous U.S. state. The estimated population of Colorado was 5,695,564 on July 1, 2018, an increase of 13.25% since the 2010 United States Census.

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Much of the range is within the boundary of the Flat Tops Wilderness Area. The Flat Tops Wilderness Area can be accessed by Colorado Rd 7 through the town of Yampa, in Routt County, Colorado. 

Flat Tops Wilderness Area

Flat Tops Wilderness Area is the third largest U.S. Wilderness Area in Colorado. It is 235,214 acres (951.88 km2), with 38,870 acres (157.3 km2) in Routt National Forest and 196,344 acres (794.58 km2) in White River National Forest. It was designated a wilderness area in 1975. Trappers Lake, located in the north of the area, was the lake that inspired Arthur Carhart, a United States Forest Service official, to plead for wilderness preservation.

Yampa, Colorado Town in Colorado, United States

Yampa is a statutory town in Routt County, Colorado, United States. The population was 443 at the 2000 census.

Routt County, Colorado County in the United States

Routt County is one of the 64 counties in the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 23,509. The county seat is Steamboat Springs.

The Flat Tops range is home to a wide variety of plants and animals, including many large mammals such as Moose, Elk, Mule deer, Black bear, and Cougars. This area has been affected by the non-native plant species, Yellow toadflax [3] .

Moose A genus of mammals belonging to the deer, muntjac, roe deer, reindeer, and moose family of ruminants

The moose or elk (Eurasia), Alces alces, is a member of the New World deer subfamily and is the largest and heaviest extant species in the deer family. Moose are distinguished by the broad, palmate antlers of the males; other members of the deer family have antlers with a dendritic ("twig-like") configuration. Moose typically inhabit boreal forests and temperate broadleaf and mixed forests of the Northern Hemisphere in temperate to subarctic climates. Hunting and other human activities have caused a reduction in the size of the moose's range over time. Moose have been reintroduced to some of their former habitats. Currently, most moose are found in Canada, Alaska, New England, Fennoscandia, Baltic states, and Russia. Their diet consists of both terrestrial and aquatic vegetation. The most common moose predators are the gray wolf along with bears and humans. Unlike most other deer species, moose do not form herds and are solitary animals, aside from calves who remain with their mother until the cow begins estrus, at which point the cow chases away young bulls. Although generally slow-moving and sedentary, moose can become aggressive and move quickly if angered or startled. Their mating season in the autumn features energetic fights between males competing for a female.

Elk Large antlered species of deer from North America and east Asia

The elk or wapiti is one of the largest species within the deer family, Cervidae, and one of the largest terrestrial mammals in North America and Northeast Asia. This animal should not be confused with the still larger moose to which the name "elk" applies in British English and in reference to populations in Eurasia.

Mule deer species of deer

The mule deer is a deer indigenous to western North America; it is named for its ears, which are large like those of the mule. The several subspecies include the black-tailed deer.

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References

  1. White River National Forest
  2. Flat Tops Wilderness Area
  3. Sutton, Jason R.; Stohlgren, Thomas J.; Beck, K. George (2007-01-17). "Predicting yellow toadflax infestations in the Flat Tops Wilderness of Colorado". Biological Invasions. 9 (7): 783–793. doi:10.1007/s10530-006-9075-8. ISSN   1387-3547.