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What are some Rocky Mountains facts for kids?

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Some Rocky Mountain facts for kids are there are 450 miles of streams and 156 lakes, the principal United States pass across the mountains is South Pass and Vasquez de Coronado was one of the Rockies' first explorers. The country's national parks in the Rocky Mountain system include Yellowstone National Park, Rocky Mountain National Park and Glacier National Park.

The Rocky Mountains are a major mountain system of North America and extend more than 3,000 miles from central New Mexico to northwest Alaska. The highest point is Mount Elbert at 14,431 feet, and it is located in Colorado. The mountain chain is divided into five different sections: the Southern Rockies, Middle Rockies, Northern Rockies, the Rocky Mountain System of Canada and the Brooks Range.

While hiking in the Rockies, people can expect to see a number of native animals. Some of these include the moose, elk, bear, bobcat and porcupine. There are also an estimated 282 species of birds that inhabit the mountains, as well as numerous species of fish that live in its lakes and streams.

The Rockies have been traversed by a number of explorers, the first being Vasquez de Coronado in 1540. Other pioneers include Lewis and Clark from 1804 to 1806, John Fremont from 1843 to 1844 and John W. Powell in 1868.


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