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View Poll Results: Favorite mountain range?
Southern Appalacians (Blue Ridge) - GA, NC, TN, KT, VA, WV 27 17.76%
Catskills - NY 5 3.29%
Adirondacks - NY 13 8.55%
Northern Appalacians (New England) - MA, VT, NH, ME, CT, NY, PA, NJ 19 12.50%
Ozarks - AR 8 5.26%
Rockies - CO, WY, MT, UT, ID 57 37.50%
Cascades - WA, OR, CA 41 26.97%
Olympics - WA 17 11.18%
Sierra Nevada - CA, NV 34 22.37%
Other (specify) 13 8.55%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 152. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 10-06-2008, 08:07 PM
 
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What are your favorite mountain ranges in the United States? Mine would be the Southern Appalacians, Cascades, Rockies, and the Sierras.
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Old 10-06-2008, 08:45 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM - Summerlin, NV
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I dont know where you went to school but North and Central New Mexico's mountains are apart of the Rockies.. I found it funny you put Utah and not New Mexico..
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Old 10-06-2008, 09:32 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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I dont know where you went to school but North and Central New Mexico's mountains are apart of the Rockies.. I found it funny you put Utah and not New Mexico..
That's correct-- the Sangre de Cristo range goes into New Mexico. Utah's part of the Rocky Mountains too with the Wasatch range. My favorite part of the Rocky Mountains are the San Juan mountains in southwestern Colorado. They are simply out of this world. Next favorite is the Front Range (Pike's Peak to Mt Evans to Long's Peak)-- not only are they big and bad, but they're practically in my back yard-- less than an hour drive from Denver. Also I love the Sangre de Cristo range of southern Colorado and northern NM.

I love the Rocky Mountains the best first and foremost, being from Denver, but there's also another thing I like, but not listed on this page. Sky islands in the southwest-- individual isolated mountain ranges, part of the basin and range topography, with high mountains rising sharply above vast desert valleys. Examples include Albuquerque's Sandia Mtns, Tucson's Catalina Mountains, Las Cruces' Organ Mtns, Vegas' Spring Mountains (most known for Mt. Charleston), and even Los Angeles' San Gabriel Mtns. Each of these are really unique places with rapid changes in climate and vegetation as you progress up in elevation.

While technically a plateau and not a mountain, I like the Mogollon Rim of northern Arizona (of which the Grand Canyon cuts right through). The largest ponderosa pine forest in the world is actually in Arizona, believe it or not.
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Old 10-06-2008, 09:40 PM
 
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I dont know where you went to school but North and Central New Mexico's mountains are apart of the Rockies.. I found it funny you put Utah and not New Mexico..
I wasn't sure about AZ and NM. I never heard the Grand Canyon as associated as part of the Rockies, nor the mountains of AZ or NM. After looking it up on Wiki, I see that the Rockies include NM but not AZ. I would also appreciate not getting slammed on these boards and labeled as uneducated just over some minor error.
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Old 10-06-2008, 09:52 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM - Summerlin, NV
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I wasn't sure about AZ and NM. I never heard the Grand Canyon as associated as part of the Rockies, nor the mountains of AZ or NM. After looking it up on Wiki, I see that the Rockies include NM but not AZ. I would also appreciate not getting slammed on these boards and labeled as uneducated just over some minor error.
Well i was just shocked NM wasnt there, because everyone always leaves it out.. i'm like wtf?! sorry.. i just was supprised..its actually not as minor as you think it is. I really didnt know about arizona..?
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Old 10-06-2008, 10:24 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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No part of Arizona is in the Rocky Mountains. The northern and northeastern part of the state is part of the Colorado Plateau (think red rocks country-- Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Sedona, etc), and the southern and western part is part of the basin and range geological province, with vast flat valleys and steep sharp mountains rising above.
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Old 10-06-2008, 10:27 PM
 
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
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The Northern Appalacians, Southern Appalacians and Sierra Nevada mountains.
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Old 10-06-2008, 10:55 PM
 
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Northern Appalachians.

Also, half of the Ozarks are in Missouri.
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Old 10-06-2008, 11:08 PM
 
Location: Cosmic Consciousness
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My favorites aren't on the list --
the Brooks Range
the Chugach Mountains
the Wrangell Mountains
and the Alaska Range, which includes Denali, the highest mountain in North America at 20,320 ft.

I grew up near the lovely Berkshires in Connecticut. I guess the list included the Berkshires in the Appalachians?
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Old 10-06-2008, 11:18 PM
 
Location: New Hampshire
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For the record, NY, NJ, and PA are not part of New England.

Although I did grow up here, I never fail to be moved by the Appalachians of New England. They may not be as grandiose as the mountains out west, but there is a very distinct beauty in the soft contours of the Appalachians and the vibrant colors of the mixed forest that covers the entire range, be it the lush green of summer or the rainbow of colors in the fall.

Moreover, the mountains in New Hampshire are arguably the most awe-inspiring east of the Rockies, and Mt. Washington is infamous for having the "world's worst weather," including the highest surface wind speeds ever recorded. And one of my favorite things about the mountains in New England is the plethora of villages and towns settled in the 1600s and 1700s which really haven't changed much in the past 200 years.
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