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Colorado's Wildlife & Life Zones

Colorado Life Zones: Seasons, Plants, & Animals

Step 1: Choose One of the Life Zones or Choices Below

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Colorado Life Zones General Information

Step 2: Choose a Topic from the Colorado Life Zones General Information & Scroll Down

Life Zones Panorama

Rocky Mountains

General Information

Snow Capped Mountains

Elevation and Climate

Snowshoe Hare

Seasons & Adaptations

White Columbine Flower

Sources of Information

Colorado Life Zones: General Information

Colorado has many different landforms that make it special. On the eastern part of the state is the Great Plains. Down the center of the state is the spectacular Rocky Mountains. In the western part of the state is the Colorado Plateau region. The state has many mountains, plateaus, mesas, canyons, and many more landforms. It also has many lakes, ponds, streams, and rivers. Because of the diverse landforms and waterways, Colorado has many different types of habitats or life zones (unique places where animals and plants live). C. Hart Merriam came up with the idea of life zones in 1889 when he was studying the plants and animals of the western United States. He found that common plants and animals lived at similar elevations and lattitudes in different mountain ranges across the western United States and that the elevations had similar temperatures.

To learn more, click on these topics: elevation and climate; seasons, water, and animals; and adaptations of plants and animals OR to find out more about a specific life zone click on the names of the life zones on the side.

Colorado Life Zones: Website Index of Animals and Internet Links

Colorado Life Zones Scavenger Hunt Worksheets (PDF): Click Here

Where Do Rivers Come From (PDF): Click Here

Animal Research Worksheet (PDF): Click Here

For one of the best guides to the plants that live in Colorado visit Southwest Colorado Wildflowers, Ferns, and Trees. It is an amazing website!

This website was made solely for educational purposes (no money was made from its creation and it does not support any advertising). Some of the pictures were taken from google images and all rights belong to the original artists, websites, or photographers. Many children never have experienced being in Colorado's different habitats or seen its wildlife. The website's main goal is to give visual and factual information to help elementary kids to better understand and appreciate Colorado's life zones and the plants and animals that live there. Colorado's wild places, plants, and animals need to be protected and hopefully this will inspire current and future generations to protect Colorado's and the Rocky Mountain's beautiful wild areas. I would like to thank the CO Division of Wildlife and other agencies that manage and protect wildlife and wild areas. Many wild animals that we think as common now, like elk, were not too long ago on the brink of extinction in Colorado due to overhunting and no regulations protecting the wildlife. The website was researched, written, and created by Sean Gregersen. If you find any errors or have comments, the email address is [email protected] .

Symbols of Colorado

Rocky Mountains

State Flower: Rocky Mountain Columbine

Rocky Mountains
Rocky Mountain Columbine
Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep
Lark Bunting

State Mammal: Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep

State Bird: Lark Bunting

Colorado Life Zones General Information Interactive Elevation & Life Zone Diagram Colorado Maps: Life Zones and More Semidesert Shrublands (West CO) Shortgrass Plains Life Zone (East CO) Foothills Woodlands & Shrublands Montane Forests Life Zone Subalpine Life Zone Alpine Life Zone Riparian Life Zones