Colorado Life Zones: Seasons, Plants, & Animals
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Colorado Life Zones General information Interactive Life Zone Diagram Colorado Life Zones Maps Semidesert Shrublands Life Zone West CO Shortgrass Prairie or Plains Life Zones Foothills Woodlands and Shrublands Montane Forests Life Zone Subalpine Life Zone Alpine Life Zone Riparian Life Zones
Foothills Life Zones: Seasons, Plants, & Animals
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Foothills Life Zones General Information

General Information

Foothills Life Zones Through the Seasons

Through the Seasons

Foothills Life Zones Woodlands and Shrublands

Woodlands and Shrublands

Foothills Life Zones Awesome Adaptations Awesome Adaptations

Foothills Life Zones Plants and Trees

Plants and Trees

Foothills Life Zones Mammals


Foothills Life Zones Birds


Foothills Life Zones Reptiles and Amphibians

Reptiles & Amphibians

Foothills Life Zones General Information

    The foothills life zone is the first major step leading up into Colorado's high Rocky Mountains. The foothills life zone's elevation is anywhere from 6,000 or 7000 ft. above sea level to around 8,000 ft above sea level. The pinyon & juniper woodlands live in the lower parts of the foothills on the western and south central part of the state. The open ponderosa pine woodlands grow on the eastern foothills of the Rocky Mountains. On both sides of the Rocky Mountains, the montane shrublands grow at the higher elevations of the foothills. The foothills are made up of many different landforms, like steep hillsides, cliffs, canyons, mesas, and plateaus. On the life zone map below. it is shaded light green on both sides of the Rocky Mountains.

    East of the Rocky Mountains, the foothills life zone rises from the Great Plains. The South Platte River, Purgatoire River, and Arkansas River cross it providing for important riparian life zones.

    On the western and southcentral sides of the Rocky Mountains, the foothills life zone rises from the semidesert shrublands and is part of the Colorado Plateau region and San Luis Valley.  Within this area there is: the Roan Plateau, Uncompahgre Plateau, Grand Mesa, and Flattop Mountains. Different rivers cross it and provide important riparian life zones. They are the Colorado River, Gunnison River, White River, Yampa River, Delores River, and Rio Grande River. Check on the bottom most map and see if you can find some of these mountains and rivers.

The Different Life Zones of the Foothills
Ponderosa Pine Woodlands
Pinyon & Juniper Woodlands
Ponderosa Pine Forests Pinyon Juniper Woodlands
Open Meadows and Small Groves of Aspen Oak Brush in the Fall
Open Meadows & Small Groves of Aspen
Montane Shrublands: Oak Brush in the Fall
Colorado's Life Zones Map
Colorado: Mountain Ranges and Major Rivers