Upper Beaver Meadows is a montane meadow and visitor attraction in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado.The area is known as a good bird-watching spot and its trail leads to a number of other trails within the park. The trails may be used for hiking, snowshoeing, or cross-country skiing.
Rocky Mountain National Park is an American national park located approximately 76 mi (122 km) northwest of Denver International Airport in north-central Colorado, within the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. The park is situated between the towns of Estes Park to the east and Grand Lake to the west. The eastern and westerns slopes of the Continental Divide run directly through the center of the park with the headwaters of the Colorado River located in the park's northwestern region. The main features of the park include mountains, alpine lakes and a wide variety of wildlife within various climates and environments, from wooded forests to mountain tundra.
The meadows of Upper Beaver Meadows rest at the upper limits of the montane ecosystem. Forests of pine and Douglas fir trees only inhabit the slopes of this valley because the soils of the valley bottom are too moist from the high water table to support tree growth. This creates a broad meadow that is kept open by grazing wildlife. The park has fenced in an area where a former aspen grove was mowed down by grazing elk. The aspen grove protected inside the fence has grown dense by sprouting shoots from older trees roots.
A pine is any conifer in the genus Pinus of the family Pinaceae. Pinus is the sole genus in the subfamily Pinoideae. The Plant List compiled by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Missouri Botanical Garden accepts 126 species names of pines as current, together with 35 unresolved species and many more synonyms.
Pseudotsuga menziesii is an evergreen conifer species in the pine family, Pinaceae. It is native to western North America and is known as Douglas fir, Douglas-fir, Oregon pine, and Columbian pine. There are two varieties: coast Douglas-fir, and Rocky Mountain Douglas-fir.
Upper Beaver Meadows is described by Scott Roederer as "a pretty little valley of meadows and aspen bordered by ponderosa and spruce / fir forests." Beaver Brook runs through the meadow.
Activities include hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing on Upper Beaver Meadows trail. 2 miles (3.2 km). The other is a 1.5 miles (2.4 km) trail that leaves the dirt road, crosses the stream and runs along the south side of the meadow at the base of the moraine. Elk may be seen bedded down among the trees near the trail or along the stream. The trail runs through Upper Beaver Meadows and connects with a number of trails, including Ute Trail, Deer Ridge Trail, Moraine Park, and Windy Gulch.Upper Beaver Meadows offers two hiking routes. One is on the road which winds along the north side of Beaver Creek for
Birds like three-toed wood peckers and Williamson's sapsuckers may be seen in Upper Beavers Meadows.Others, found in the grassland, are Green-tailed towhees, Vesper sparrows, and Black-billed magpies. Within the aspens, Warbling vireos, House wrens and Mountain bluebirds may be found. There are a number of kinds of sapsuckers, Downy woodpeckers, Hammond's flycatchers, and other birds along the forested land.
The three-toed woodpecker is a medium-sized woodpecker.
Williamson's sapsucker is a medium-sized woodpecker belonging to the genus Sphyrapicus (sapsuckers).
The green-tailed towhee is the smallest towhee, but is still one of the larger members of the American sparrow family Passerellidae.
The areas is near the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center and off of Bear Lake Road. It is accessed via a dirt road,which is closed most of the winter months. When the dirt road is closed to vehicular traffic, the dirt road may be used by hikers to reach the Upper Beaver Meadows trailhead.
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